We have heard of raspberry, strawberry and many other berries, but have you heard about gooseberry? Gooseberry is a round to oval yellowish-green or reddish fruit with a thin transculent hairy skin.
A berry that belongs to the Glossulariaceae family and is grown wild in Europe and North America.
This little nutritious berry can be found in many varieties and in different shapes, colours and flavours, packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants and consuming this lovely fruit on a regular basis can be beneficial for many health conditions.
Gooseberry is an excellent source of iron, potassium, fibre, low in calories, sugar and cholesterol free, contains vitamin C, tannins, carotene, amino acids, protein, folic acid, phosphorus, zinc, calcium, vitamin A, protein, minerals, carbohydrates, magnesium and lots of water.
For all those who desire to lose weight, gooseberry is an excellent choice, its high fibre content will make you feel full and thus makes you eat less and its high levels of water are good for you, studies have shown that fiber rich foods lowers the risk of diabetes, stroke, obesity, hypertension and other illnesses.
Native to Europe, Africa and Asia, gooseberry can be eaten raw and is used as an ingredient in pies, juices, wines, tea, sodas and pies.
Gooseberry is popularly known to relieve constipation, aids digestion, prevents a variety of cancers like colon, stomach, liver and skin, it protects the brain and promote proper function, prevents or treats anemia because of its rich source of iron, excellent for pregnant women especially in the early stages as folic acid is needed for the growth and development of a baby and protects it from birth defects.
Gooseberry is so beneficial that it even protects the eyes from diseases, relieve menstrual cramps, improves or curb the appetite, strengthens the immune system, improves blood circulation, protects the skin from ageing and wrinkles and the sun, maintain strong healthy bones and teeth and prevents hair loss.
Gooseberry is known as one of the healthiest fruits there is, a fruit that you definitely want on your plate!