Bladder cherry properties and uses
What is bladder cherry good for?
BENEFITS OF BLADDER CHERRY
Medicinal properties of bladder cherry
Photograph of the fruits of bladder cherrry (Physalis alkekengi) and the colorful "lanterns" that the chalice looks like. The fruits (red bumps) are delicious and edible, but the chalice, like the rest of the plant is toxic.
Part of bladder cherry that are used
The fruits are consumed.
Food properties of alquequenje
The fruits of Physalis can be used in baking to decorate cakes. With fruits we can also prepare delicious jams.
Regarding to food, Physalis species most commonly used are:
- Peruvian cherry, (Physalis peruviana = Physalis edulis), also called cape gooseberry or uvilla. It is a plant that can reach one meter high. The fruits are yellow to purple surrounded by a cup-shaped lantern ocher with reddish edges and papery texture
Used to eat as dessert or in fresh fruit salads. It also appears in meat or seafood, in sweet desserts such as chocolate wraps. It is sometimes eaten as dried fruit.
- Mexican husk tomato or tomatillo (Physalis ixocarpa = Physalis phyladelphyca), also called jamberry or miltomate because of the resemblance of this fruit with a tomato. They have a greenish yellow color and are enclosed within pale yellow shells.
In Mexico it is extensively used, although in the world, it is mainly used the Paruvian cherry. We can find abundantly in Mexican cuisine in dishes such as salads, enchiladas, jams and other fried, baked or stewed dishes,.
Toxicity of bladder cherry
Physalis Alkekengi, according to many authors, it is considered a toxic plant, like most Solanaceae. In this sense, we can say, such as with potato or tomato, the whole plant is poisonous except the ripe fruit. (We should note that the fruits, when they are green, they can be toxic)
Both the leaves and berries of this plant contain alkaloids and withanolides (physalins). The rhizome contains hygrine and tigloyloxytropane, two poisonous alkaloids. The stems are also considered toxic and contain a large amount of alkaloid solanine.
Therefore, other than fruit, the rest of the plant can only be used as a medicinal remedy when directed by the doctor or specialist. (Dry powder berry has been used as medicinal, but if not used in the right quantity, it is toxic. More than 5 grams per liter of water cause intoxication)
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.