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Taken on my kitchen table during the day time with only the kitchen lights switched on.When I bought this plant in Melbourne it was labelled as Inca Berry. Its botanical name is Physalis peruviana (physalis = bladder) is the plant and its fruit, also known as Cape gooseberry . This fruit taste sweet and sour.It looks like a ripe cherry tomato. It reminds me of my homeland Borneo where they used to grow wild.I remember as a kid I used to eat them as I walked along the forest but now you cannot find them and it is not popular to grow them. It is very nutritious. My plant has been on the ground for about a month and it has survived the winter frost.Hopefully it will have lots of fruits this coming summer .
Basic research on the cape gooseberry has provided preliminary evidence that its constituents, possibly polyphenols and/or carotenoids, may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
The crude extract of the fruit-bearing plant has in vitro evidence for activity against markers of inflammation and lung cancer. It has also shown possible properties in vitro against diabetes and hypertension mechanisms. Some withanolides isolated from the plant may have anticancer activity.
Antihepatotoxic effects (in rats) against carbon tetrachloride toxicity were found in one laboratory study. Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) has been found in the plant. Evidence, mainly from animal models, suggests melatonin administration may lower risk of diseases associated with oxidative stress, including neurodegenerative diseases.
In folk medicine, Physalis peruviana has been used as a medicinal herb to treat cancer, leukemia, malaria, asthma, hepatitis, dermatitis or rheumatism. None of these diseases, however, is yet confirmed in human clinical in vivo studies as treatable by cape gooseberry or its extracts.
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