The golden berry is a yellow-orange fruit wrapped in a papery husk, similar in appearance to a tomatillo. Golden berries have a tart, tangy taste similar to tropical fruits.
The golden berry goes by many names, including the Cape gooseberry, poha berry, husk cherry, pichu berry, aguaymanto, topotopo, Inca berry, and Peruvian groundcherry.
Golden berries are native to the Andean Mountains in South America, and especially in the Peruvian and Chilean highlands. The fruit was cultivated by region’s native Incans as early as 4,000 years ago. Golden berries have a long and storied history in South American cuisine.
Golden berries grow on hardy shrubs which can tolerate extreme environments as high as 10,000 feet above sea level. Golden berries grow best in areas that get plenty of sunlight and soil drainage.