Plant of Eurasian origin, spread from Europe to Japan and America, very resistant to winter cold that is necessary to bring the fruit to ripeness, can not stand the excessive summer heat: it is advisable to plant it in semi-shaded positions.
The ‘CAPTIVATOR’ variety has very large and rather sweet red-purple fruits at the right level of ripeness. Maturation is late (first decade of July). The production is high and the fruits are suitable both for fresh consumption and for processing thanks to their excellent consistency.
Rich in vitamins and polyphenols, it is diuretic, detoxifying and helps to prevent skin aging. It is above all the abundant content of phytochemicals such as flavonoids and anthocyanins and vitamin C that determine most of the beneficial actions common to these fruits. The gooseberry has, in fact, important properties such as stimulating the body’s defenses, protecting against infections, purifying and detoxifying the blood, thanks to the flavonoids that contribute to the proper functioning of the liver, helping to dispose of toxic substances in excess. Being diuretics and detoxifiers, as well as antioxidants, their activity is manifested against the negative effects of free radicals slowing down cellular aging, which is reflected both on the state of the skin and on the risk factors related to degenerative diseases.
They are nutritious, refreshing and astringent fruits, useful for rebalancing intestinal functions, thanks also to the fibers, including pectin, contained in good quantity, which also help to control the cholesterol level.
It prefers semi-shaded area.
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