If you live in the U.S. and you happen across a fruit labeled “gooseberry” in your local grocery store, it’s probably a Cape Gooseberry. These little fruits aren’t even remotely related to true gooseberries. They’re actually a nightshade – closer to tomatillos than gooseberries. Cape Gooseberries are native to South America, but have been grown in South Africa around the Cape of Good Hope since the early nineteenth century, where it is thought they got their name.
Cape Gooseberries have about the same amount of carbs as gooseberries, but they tend not to taste as sweet. They are also more nutritious than gooseberries, containing more impressive amounts of B vitamins, iron, and phosphorous, in addition to a healthy dose of vitamin C.
Beware of “Superfood” Claims
“Uchuva” is the Colombian word for the Cape Gooseberry and some health food marketers have been known to use that name in their marketing. It makes their food sound exotic and super healthy. Cape Gooseberries are definitely good for you, but you should always be wary of “superfood” claims.
Paleo and Autoimmune Protocol
Also beware that Cape Gooseberries (unlike gooseberries) are nightshades. That’s not an issue for most people, but it you notice any inflammation or digestion issues after consuming nightshades you might want to avoid them for a while to see if that’s the root of your issues.