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Dried Goldenberries

Dried Goldenberries

 

Our delicious dried organic goldenberries may not be as well-known as our other berry offerings but they definitely fit into the super fruit category, providing exceptional health benefits due to their rich nutritional complement of B-vitamins, vitamin C, iron, potassium, phosphorus, fiber, and antioxidants. 

 

We ensure that these benefits are optimized for you by selling goldenberries that are only organically grown, meaning that they are cultivated without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. In addition, our berries are naturally dried, with no added sugars or oils.  

 

Our dried berries have a thick orange wrinkly skin with a chewy interior and a tangy tart-sweet flavor, like pineapples or mangos. They are delicious as a snack food eaten like raisins, or they can be incorporated into a number of desserts, like pies, puddings, lemon bars, jams or fruit tarts.

                                   

 

Interestingly, the goldenberry also goes by many other names reflecting the spread of goldenberry cultivation and consumption around the world.  Goldenberries, which are native to the Peruvian and Chilean Andean Mountain regions of South America, are locally called Incan berry and Pichu berry for its proximity to Machu Picchu and other acknowledged Incan sites. Their introduction to the South African Cape of Good Hope region lead to their local name of Cape gooseberry; and after goldenberries were introduced to many of the Pacific islands, like Hawaii, they acquired the name Poha.

 

Regardless of their name, goldenberries continue to gain worldwide popularity due to their unique taste, texture, versatility, and health benefits. 

 

Nutritional Profile

 

Goldenberries are a low sugar, low calorie fruit with ample amounts of pectin content, a form of soluble fiber helpful for improving digestion and reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.  This also helps with appetite control.

 

They provide only 74 calories per cup, with the majority derived from carbohydrates, not fats.

 

A one-cup serving of golden berries contains the following:

 

  • Calories:74
  • Carbs:7 grams
  • Fiber: 6 grams: over 20% of the RDI (Reference Daily Intake)
  • Protein: 7 grams
  • Fat:1 gram
  • Vitamin C:21% of the RDI for women and 17% for men
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): 14% of the RDI for women and 13% for men
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 5% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 28% of the RDI for women and 25% for men
  • Vitamin A: 7% of the RDI for women and 6% for men
  • Iron: 8% of the RDI for women and 18% for men
  • Phosphorus: 8% of the RDI
  • Goldenberries are free of any sodium or cholesterol

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Golden berries also have high amounts of beta-carotene, Lutein, and vitamin K.

 

However, the most important nutrient of the goldenberry is its antioxidant concentration. The goldenberry has lots of polyphenols and carotenoids, plant compounds which play an important role in protecting our health. When combined with other nutrients, these antioxidants make the fruit very desirable.

 

Health Benefits

 

  1. High in Antioxidants

 

Antioxidants protect against and repair the damage to cells caused by free radicals, which are molecules linked to aging, chronic diseases, and some cancers.  They are the damaging by-products of cellular metabolism that cause healthy cells to transform into cancerous ones.

 

  1. Anti-Inflammatory

 

One of the other effects of antioxidants is a reduction in inflammation. Goldenberries contain natural steroids called withanolides. These steroids help to calm inflammation in chronic arthritisautoimmune diseases, and some neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, if you have gout, muscle aches, chronic pain, or even hemorrhoids, these anti-inflammatory properties and compounds soothe these conditions as well and increase your quality of life.

 

Goldenberries are also a dietary source of melatonin, a hormonal substance good for providing a sound night's sleep and believed to reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging.

 

Inflammation of the arteries and blood vessels is very dangerous for the cardiovascular system. Goldenberries improve heart health by reducing this strain and preventing the development of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. It also effectively lowers blood pressure, further decreasing the symptoms of hypertension.

 

  1. Diabetes Management

 

Some of the compounds found within goldenberries slow the breakdown of glucose (simple sugars) from carbohydrates, preventing or modifying spikes in blood glucose levels, and avoiding the condition known as hyperglycemia.  Drastic blood sugar fluctuations are the leading cause of type 2 diabetes and can be very dangerous. Eating goldenberries is an effective preventative method and modifier for type 2 diabetes.

 

Goldenberries also contain linoleic and oleic acid, two essential fatty acids that aid in insulin sensitivity. This enables insulin receptors to be regulated appropriately.

 

  1. Eye Health

 

The high carotenoid content of goldenberries helps to maintain healthy vision. Carotenoids eliminate oxidative stress on the ocular system. This prevents the development of cataracts and macular degenerations, which helps to maintain vision as we age.

 

Pterygium, also known as surfer’s eye, is a disease involving excessive growth on the cornea, which is linked to the growth of cells called fibroblasts.  Early studies indicate that goldenberry juice helps prevent excessive eye tissue growth due to aging.

 

  1. May Boost Immune System

 

Goldenberries contain multiple polyphenols which block the release of certain inflammatory immune markers.

 

In addition, the significant level of vitamin C in a single serving of goldenberries makes this a very important fruit for the immune system. Vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells and has certain antioxidant properties.  Vitamin C is also a key component in the production of collagen, what the body needs to repair and produce cells, tissues, organs, and blood vessels.  This also promotes skin health.

 

  1. May Fight Prostate Cancer

 

The goldenberry is the only fruit which has been proven to combat prostate cancer, a common disease among mature and older men.  However, results are only noticed after consistent consumption of the fruit. 

 

  1. Bone Health

 

Some studies also suggest that goldenberries may benefit bone health. This is because they are a rich source of vitamin K, which plays a role in the development of healthy bone turnover  rates.  Vitamin K promotes bone formation by stimulating the osteoblast differentiation, and increasing the level of some bone formation markers.

 

  1. Help Reduce Cholesterol Levels

Goldenberries contain phytosterols, a type of antioxidant that can help lower the amount of cholesterol in your blood, especially so-called “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Golden berries also contain fatty acids like linoleic acid and oleic acid, which can help lower total cholesterol. 

 

Tasty Ways to Enjoy Goldenberries

 

You can use our dried organic goldenberries in a variety of sweet and savory dishes:

 

Make a tropical fruit salad with golden berries.

Make your own golden berry granola bars.

Whip up a goldenberry salsa.

Enjoy barbecued chicken with goldenberry sauce.

Bake goldenberry and raspberry muffins.

 

Not only will the addition of goldenberries enhance their taste and texture, but will also add a significant nutritional bonus to all these dishes.

 

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References Sourced for this blog:

 

https://nwwildfoods.com/collections/dried-berries/products/dried-organic-goldenberries?variant=44392873558300

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/nutrition/golden-berries-the-little-known-superfood-that-tastes-like-clementines-and-cranberries/ar-AA16SuE4

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