Health Benefits of Golden Berries by Dena Ventrudo

Golden BerryAlso known as “cape gooseberry”, “Inca berry”, “Aztec berry”, “Peruvian groundcherry”, “Peruvian cherry” (U.S.), “Poha” (Hawaii), “Ras Bhari” (India), “Aguaymanto” (Peru), “Uvilla” (Ecuador), “Uchuva” (Colombia). It is indigenous to South America, but has been cultivated in England since the late 18th century and in South Africa in the region of the Cape of Good Hope since at least the start of the 19th century. (source

Golden berries are tart and high in a myriad of nutrients:

Phosphorous Calcium Vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, and B12.

B-complex vitamins are necessary for an efficient metabolism. They also contain a lot of protein (16%).

Goldenberries have been reported to:

Increase metabolism Promote digestion Clean the blood Aid in the treatment of the prostate gland

Golden berries are best known in the United States as a preserve with the Hawaiian name of “poha.”

Dr. Oz lists golden berries as a superfood that aides in weight loss:

“A bright yellow fruit from Brazil, the goldenberry is loaded with B vitamins that are essential for maintaining a healthy metabolism. While they’re sold fresh, goldenberries are easier to find in dried form and are available at health food stores or online for about $12. Eat ¼ cup daily.” (Source)

Some places to buy Golden Berries:

Incan Berries, 8oz, Organic, Raw at

Rich Nature Golden Berries 160, 5.5 Oz, Organic & Kosher via

There is mention on some websites that this berry is linked to diabetes control. As a type 1 diabetic I immediately researched the sugar/carb counts of this product. I have found that they are approximately 17g carbohydrates per serving (serving sizes approx 28g), so please be sure to read all nutritional information labels before consuming.

by Dena Ventrudo
Dena Ventrudo is the Assistant Editor of Merlian News. She is a published poet and creative writer, most recently published in Trails Through The Greenbelt by Jack M. Freedman. Dena has a BA in Liberal Studies but also spent a lot of time as a Dramatic Writing, Literature, and Women's Studies major.