The ground cherry is a perennial plant of the Solanaceae family which is characterized by a fruit acid, pleasant, a color ranging from orange and red and is surrounded by a beautiful cup of the same color. The fruit is called berry.
This plant can be found throughout the peninsula, although prevalent in Castile, Catalonia and Andalusia, for their growth needs nothing special, just some moisture and land slightly calcareous. It is a very popular herb for its ornamental, especially in cold weather, when its dry calyces retain their beautiful color and shape, so it is not strange to find it in gardens which brings joy and color.
The plant flowers in summer or even earlier, in mid-spring. For the collection we focus on the fruit, which is where the virtues attributed to it medicinal and collected these berries are dried, well-spread in the shade or drying, without exceeding 40 degrees C, then preserved in a airtight glass jar.
The fruits are edible and which do not have any toxic substance. As we saw, have a sour taste that turns sour, but without being disagreeable. The acidity is due to citric acid, which is among the few active ingredients that have been isolated from this plant. It also appears that contains carotenoids and a bitter principle. On fruits, moreover, have found significant quantities of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and some vitamin A. It is an important plant with diuretic actions also serve to diminish or destroy the bladder stones, and also accelerates the elimination of uric acid (uricosuric effect), is used in cases of gout and rheumatism.
Thanks to its high vitamin C content is also advisable to take during convalescence, colds and flus. It also has demonstrated a laxative effect, so that can be used in cases of mild constipation.
Powder. Once dried berries are ground up into powder, it can take 2 to 3 gr. About 3 times a day.
Decoction. 15-20 berries are boiled for five minutes in a liter of water, let it rest and cool, the liquid is strained and sweetened to taste each one, you take a glass in the morning, so you get a good cleaning effect.
Ground cherry wine. They hold 200 gr. Dried berry or 100 gr. Berry and 100 gr. Also leaves dried and put to macerate in a liter of white wine. After a maceration period of 1 to 2 weeks, during which has been stirring every day, the liquid is filtered and bottled. You can drink a cup after the main meals, thanks to its diuretic effect.
Syrup. Based on a 10% extract, you can prepare a syrup from which it will take a tablespoon three times a day.
HABITAT: Catalonia, Castile and Andalusia
FLOWERING: Spring and summer
PART USED: Fruits
CASTILIAN: Vejiga de perro, tomate inglés
CATALAN: Alicacabí, bufeta de gos
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