I recently bought some goose berries from the local vendor, at least I thought they were goose berries. While researching some recipes, I realised that they are not called gooseberries but have multiple names Cape gooseberry (South Africa), Inca berry, Aztec berry, golden berry, giant ground cherry, African ground cherry, Peruvian groundcherry, Peruvian cherry, pok pok (Madagascar), poha (Hawaii), ras bhari(India), aguaymanto (Peru), uvilla (Ecuador), uchuva (Colombia), harankash (Egypt), amour en cage (France, French for love in a cage), and Physalis (United Kingdom).
Golden berries are also categorised as super foods for their various healing properties – Antioxidant effects, Cancer protective effects, Counters bacteria, Kidney protective effects, Liver protective effects, Lowers fever, Lowers blood sugar, Modulates immune function, Reduces inflammation, Weight loss benefits.
Made a delicious salad for my husbands lunch box and usually I am not a salad person but after the taste test, kept some aside for breakfast. Such a wonderful burst of flavours, sweet from the vinaigrette, tart from the berries and salty from the goats cheese. Delicious!!
5 sliced big strawberries
10 diced golden berries
1/4 cup shredded lettuce
1 tomato sliced without the seeds
4-5 mint leaves
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey
3/4 tsp whole grain mustard
3-4 tbsp olive oil
Mix the ingredients under vinaigrette and drizzle over the chopped berries, lettuce, tomatoes, mint and goats cheese. Enjoy