Health Benefits of Incan Berries, or Goldenberries

By Irina Bright.

This article is part of our Health & Foods section

incan berries Incan Berries, or Goldenberries.

Incan berries (Physalis peruviana), as their name implies, are native to Peru and South America.

In fact, there are also lots of other names they are known by: Cape gooseberries, golden berries, Aztec berries, Peruvian cherries, giant ground cherries, and Aguaymanto berries.

As compared to other berries, Incan berries appear to be one of the more exotic ones. Raw Physalis berries are regularly available in supermarkets, and now even more consumers have easy access to dried Incan berries as well.

Incan berries are quite sweet in taste, and therefore can make an excellent ingredient in confectionary, and simply as a popular snack.

They are also full of great nutrition and may help with re-gaining higher energy levels. (Ref. 1)

Written by:     Irina Bright
Original publication date:     2013
Republication date:     2020


1. Ching-Yu Yen, Chien-Chih Chiu, Fang-Rong Chang, Jeff Yi-Fu Chen, Chi-Ching Hwang, You-Cheng Hseu, Hsin-Ling Yang, Alan Yueh-Luen Lee, Ming-Tz Tsai, Zong-Lun Guo, Yu-Shan Cheng, Yin-Chang Liu, Yu-Hsuan Lan, Yu-Ching Chang, Ying-Chin Ko, Hsueh-Wei Chang, and Yang-Chang Wu (2010). 4-Hydroxywithanolide E from Physalis peruviana (golden berry) inhibits growth of human lung cancer cells through DNA damage, apoptosis and G2/M arrest. Published in BMC Cancer. Retrieved April 28, 2013 from: