Nutritional and Medicinal Properties of Bioactive Compounds in Cape Gooseberry Physalis peruviana Fruits: A Review

Authors

  • 1M. Ong’awa, 2L. Wasilwa, 2V. Kirigua, 3V. Ochieng, 4P. Omolo and 5H. Odhiambo

Keywords:

Cape gooseberry, Physalis peruviana, underutilized fruit, phytochemical, value-added

Abstract

Cape gooseberry, Physalis peruviana, is a nutritionally important underutilized fruit with great therapeutic potential attributed to its rich macro and micronutrient content. It is laden with anti-inflammatory phytochemicals that contribute to its medicinal value as an antidiabetic, anticancer, and anti-hypertensive agent. P. peruviana is promoted for inclusion in human diets for a disease-free healthy life and general well-being.. Nutritionally, the fruit is highly valued for phytochemicals, such as antioxidants and vitamins E and C as well as its unique flavor, texture, and color. The diversity of applications to which P. peruviana can be put gives this fruit great economic importance. The food industry uses Cape gooseberry in different value-added products, including beverages, yoghurts, and jams. With the rapidly growing popularity of this unique fruit, it is important to have a comprehensive reference to its nutritional benefits, medicinal value, and phytochemical composition. This paper involves an in-depth review of important dietary nutrient types with pharmacological properties and their concentrations in P. peruviana that account for its nutritional and health benefits.

Author Biography

1M. Ong’awa, 2L. Wasilwa, 2V. Kirigua, 3V. Ochieng, 4P. Omolo and 5H. Odhiambo

1Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)

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2KALRO Headquarters,lusike.wasilwa@kalro.orgviolet.kirigua@kalro.org

3KALRO FCRI-Muguga South,vincentochieng1978@gmail.com

4KALRO Horticulture Research Institute-Kibos, ochiengomolo@gmail.com

5Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization, Mundika High School USAID FtF Intern; harun_odhiambo@yahoo.com: 0726-260-500

Published

23-11-2020

How to Cite

1M. Ong’awa, 2L. Wasilwa, 2V. Kirigua, 3V. Ochieng, 4P. Omolo and 5H. Odhiambo (2020) “Nutritional and Medicinal Properties of Bioactive Compounds in Cape Gooseberry Physalis peruviana Fruits: A Review”, Egerton University International Conference. Available at: https://conferences.egerton.ac.ke/index.php/euc/article/view/14 (Accessed: 25 April 2024).

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Section

Health Systems, Science and Technology

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