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Continental Drifter is the Alan Skyrme Photography blog first established in 2004 under the banner Continental Drift. In it we publish snippets about nutrition, information about fruit and food, articles about travel experiences, travel reviews and other related notes.

Shoot Froot - Physalis


Name:                        Physalis

Scientific name:     Physalis peruviana

Other names:          Aztec Berry, Barbados Gooseberry, bladderberry, Cape Gooseberry, Cherry Tomato Goldenberry, Gooseberry-Tomato, goldenberry, Husk Cherry, Inca Berry, obra cabbage, Peruvian Cherry, Peruvian Ground Cherry, Poha, Poha Berry, Strawberry Tomato, Winter Cherry


Herbaceous plant that can be annual or perennial. Various species and cultivars.

The fruit can be eaten raw, used in salads, used as a flavouring, made into fruit preserves, or dried and used like raisins. Physalis fruit contains pectin.

Nutritional Benefits:

Physalis fruit are rich in cryptoxanthin and are a good source of nutrients, minerals and vitamins.

Vitamin B3 (24.50%),

Iron (17.50%),

Vitamin (17.11%),

Vitamin B1 (12.83%),

Carbohydrate (12.06%)

Health benefits:

Antioxidant benefits, protects liver and kidney against fibrosis, aid a healthy pregnancy, provides relief of arthritic pain, improves cognitive ability, aids cardiovascular functions, improves eyesight.

This fruit is is being used as a treatment for Alzheimers.

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NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate sources. Those provided here are indicative only and may be out of date.