Health Benefits of Physalis

Physalis is a fruit that can be red, yellow or orange in color. It is small, rounded and requires some care, as it is a toxic species.


Fruit can be found in specialized fruit stores at exorbitant prices. It can be found in the north and northeast regions of the country. It can be found by several names, they are: hit-test, famine and juá.

It is worth mentioning that Colombia is one of the largest producers and exporters of the fruit.


See below some benefits of this fruit:

1. High concentration of nutrients

Physalis has calcium, carbohydrates, iron, fiber, phosphorus and vitamins A and C. In addition, this fruit has a significant water content.

2. Helps fight cholesterol and diabetes

Physalis helps fight bad cholesterol. This is because the low sugar content and flavonoids present in the fruit facilitate blood circulation.

3. Fights anemia

Physalis is an excellent source of iron and vitamin C. In this sense, eating fresh fruit or drinking the juice is a way to raise iron levels.

4. Prevents sore throat

Vitamin C, which is present in this fruit, helps to prevent sore throats. Therefore, consumption should be regular and consumption increased when it has cooled down.


See below some properties of this fruit:

1. Helps in the intestinal tract

This fruit is rich in fiber. Thus, once consumed properly by people suffering from constipation, it can improve the intestinal tract.

2. Helps in the slimming process

As there is a considerable presence of fiber in this fruit, it will promote the feeling of fullness for a longer time. That is, delay hunger.

3. Good for the skin

There are antioxidant substances present in this fruit: carotenoids! Since they remove toxins from the skin, regular intake of this fruit helps with the incidence of blemishes and dryness of the skin.

4. Strengthens bones

Calcium has the ability to protect bones and prevent problems such as osteoporosis, for example.


Physalis is known by several names, such as physalis, gecko tomato, fennel and famine, for example.

Colombia is one of the main producers and exports on a large scale to Europe.


See below how to plant the physalis fruit:

1. Initially, one hectare of land is sufficient, as long as the soil is rich in organic material.

2. Although the plant develops well at high temperatures, adaptation is great at low temperatures as well. However, it is important to highlight that these plants do not like humid regions.

3. Planting can be done throughout the year, subject to the condition and that the correction of the soil is done through an adequate analysis.

4. Seeds can be planted in Styrofoam trays, plastic cups or polyethylene bags. After these steps, it will be possible to transport it on the ground.

5. Germination can occur in a period that can vary from 10 to 20 days. At that time, the seedlings can reach between 25 and 30 cm in height. From this stage, planting can be done in a definitive location.

6. As soon as they reach 80 cm in height, it will be possible to conduct the plant’s growth.

7. With regard to the irrigation system, the most relevant for the cultivation of this plant is the drip.

8. It should be noted that only one hectare can be installed from five to 15 thousand plants, which, in turn, will produce two to six kilos of fhysalis each.

9. For days when daytime humidity is at a high level, the fungicide can be applied every 15 days. This practice will prevent the plant from being affected by fungal attack.

10. For pest control, spray the plant with products suggested by an engineer.


This fruit can be consumed in several ways, namely:

  • In nature;
  • Ice creams;
  • Meat or fish sauces;
  • Jams;
  • Jams;
  • Juices.


Commercial production began in 2008 in Brazil along the lines of family farming.

Currently, the southern region is one of the most important producers of physalis. As it is not a plant that requires robust techniques, physalis can be cultivated year-round, as long as the region is not affected by frost.

Be careful with too much heat, cold and humidity. Still in this perspective, it is recommended that the soil is not soaked.

The harvest will start, on average, after five months, during which time the fruit will be yellow.


Before planting, it is suggested that an adequate soil analysis be carried out. It is worth noting that the most suitable soils are clayey and low in acid.

When the plant reaches around 20 cm in height, they can be transferred to the location you deem definitive. It is important to keep seedlings at least 30 cm apart.

Harvesting will start four months after planting and will last for six or eight months. Each harvest can produce two to three kilos of fruit.

It is essential to mention that some pests can be found when planting physalis. However, there is still no insecticide on the market to eradicate them.


This plant, which belongs to the Solanaceae family , has its origins in Africa, Central America, North America, South America and Asia.

It develops well in regions that have an equatorial, subtropical and tropical climate.


Physalis (physalis peruviana L.) is one of the few small fruits that can be easily planted in pots.

The market value can be compared to a raspberry, for example. Considering that the consumption of these fruits is still restricted due to the high cost, transport requires care, as well as storage.


If there is a possibility to buy without intermediary, the price can be around R$ 15,00. In the event that this is not possible, and the only alternative is to buy in municipal markets and fairs, the value may vary between R$ 70.00 and R$ 80.00.

Although the fruit is not that popular, it is believed that it is worth diversifying the taste. In addition to the variety of recipes and the peculiar taste, there are several nutritional properties.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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