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The Sweet-Sour Sensation of Incaberries

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What is an Incaberry? How to use them. And why they're good for you.

I first tried an Incaberry 18 months ago on a friend’s recommendation. I was absolutely blown away by the flavour! Think sweet apricot richness, then the sour hit of a cranberry. After that experience, I had to stock up and start using them in all sorts of ways. With its unique taste and heady aroma, its something you must try at least once!

What is an Incaberry?


Sometimes referred to as Golden Berries or Cape Gooseberries, Incaberries are an ancient berry indigenous to the high altitude tropical regions of South America. When freshly picked off the bush, they look very much like a yellow cherry tomato, except they are wrapped in a delicate papery lantern.

Available in Australia mainly as the dried fruit, these incredible concentrated bursts of flavour offer an amazing sweet-sour taste that is matched by no other fruit. They combine the rich sweetness of a raisin, the sourness of a cranberry and the seeded crunch of a fig. They are, however, part of the Solanaceae family, counting tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants as cousins.

Five Amazing Health Benefits


Not only do these little berries taste amazing, they have an incredible nutritional profile. Here are just a few of the wonderful health benefits of incaberries:
• Dried incaberries have a higher antioxidant rating than other known superfoods such as goji-berries, broccoli and pomegranate juice.
• They rank very high on the list when it comes to fibre. Being about 19% fibre, incaberries are much higher in fibre than other well-known high fibre fruits such as apricots, apples, prunes and raisins. Around a quarter of this fibre content is soluble fibre, which is important in helping the body regulate cholesterol.
• Contain around 7% protein, which is uncommonly high for a dried fruit.
• Contain high levels of phosphorus, an essential mineral important in maintaining bone strength and is used by the body in energy metabolism
• Incaberries are relatively high in Vitamin C

How to Use Incaberries


Our whole family loves the taste of Incaberries. Our kids eat them thinking they’re getting a treat, all the while they’re blissfully unaware of the good they are doing for their health! We all eat them as bite size snacks on their own. Given the flavour and aromatic punch, it takes only a small handful of 5 or 6 berries to satisfy a sweet craving. We also like to sprinkle a few on top of our home-made muesli and yoghurt for a super-charged breakfast. You can blend a handful into your smoothie to spice it up, add them to salads, baked goods and savoury stews and casseroles. They’re also an inspired addition to a cheese platter, imagine a zingy quince paste.

Finally, we think one of the best ways to eat incaberries is combined with a good quality, or home-made chocolate, preferably sugar free. We’re starting to these dark chocolate coated incaberries in more and more wholefood stores around Australia now. This was our inspiration when we created our mouth-watering Cacao Incaberry Raw Superbar.

There’s no question that dried incaberries can be expensive, but you only need a small handful to appreciate their flavour and savour their health giving properties. You can find them at most good organic stores and online wholefood stores. So why not give them a try next time you see them. Like us, I can almost guarantee that you’ll be hooked!

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