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What are Golden Berries?

Unless you have spent a lot of time in South America, where golden berries grow native, you may not have heard of this beautifully bright golden colored fruit.  Or, you may have heard of them, but by a different name, since golden berries are also commonly called Cape Gooseberries, Aztec berries, ground cherries, or even their scientific name, Physalis. Whether you’ve tasted these delectable superfoods or not, we believe that after learning more about golden berries in this post, you’ll be ready to order a bag for your next delicious, healthy snack!

Golden berries, despite looking like berries thanks to their small, round shape — actually aren’t berries at all. They are, in fact,  part of the nightshade family (home to other fruits like eggplants and tomatoes), and when fresh, range in taste from being very tart to very sweet. Some people describe the taste of golden berries as an acidic cross between a tomato and a pineapple. When you dry them, however, the taste becomes an intensified sweet and sour flavor that delights all palates. You might see golden berries atop oatmeal/cereals, mixed into desserts, as jams, in cocktails, as part of a DIY trail mix (see our recipe suggestion below!) and even in salads. But of course, they also make for a delightful snack eaten straight from the bag. 

Wondering about the health benefits of golden berries? There are plenty! Because golden berries are nightshades, they contain withanolides, a special kind of plant steroid that is hard to find in most common foods. Here is a quick list of five health benefits associated with golden berries:


  • Anti-Inflammatory: Whether you’re struggling with aches and pains from daily life or you have an acute injury, golden berries can help reduce inflammation throughout your body.
  • Weight Loss/Weight Management: With a combination of high fiber, low calories, and large concentrations of vitamins and minerals, golden berries make for a great snack for those who are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
  • Improved Liver & Kidney Health: Golden berries help kickstart the body’s natural detox system because they stimulate urination, which improves the lymphatic system. They also have been shown to help reverse liver degradation and reduce liver scarring.
  • Glowing Skin: Golden berries are hyper-concentrated with Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which both help to beautify skin. Bonus: these vitamins also help improve vision and boost immunity!

The golden berries exclusively available through Alovitox are sourced from the Peruvian Andes and are 100% organic. They also are raw, vegan, and gluten-free, with no additives, preservatives, or artificial colors. We suggest serving them mixed as a DIY trail mix with our cacao nibs and almonds for an irresistibly sweet, sour, and salty superfood combination.  Order a bag of golden berries here, and let us know how you like them!


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