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Aguaymanto

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Botanical Name:
Solanaceae
Physalis peruviana

Aguaymanto also called “Tomatito silvestre” or “Capulí” is well-known as native fruit since the time of the Incas; it was one in the gardens of the noble ones preferential plant and particularly in the holy valley of the Incas was cultivated.This shrub has been cultivated by many decades throughout the Andes.

Aguaymanto is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows in warm and dry areas nearby the Andes. The plant can reach a height between 0. 6 m to 0.9 m, the fruits are berries of orange-yellow colour, of round shape and 1.5 cm to 2 cm of diameter with a bittersweet peculiar flavor of good taste. The fruit is protected by a non - eatable shell of paper like texture.

The fruits are consumed fresh or processed (jams, preserves, etc).

It has diuretic, sedative and anti - rheumatic properties. It is extremely rich in vitamin A, with concentrations of 3000 UI (6 times more than the tomatoes) as well as vitamin B and C.

Aguaymanto has a substance similar to the insulin, reason why it appropriate for diabetics.

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