Golden berries are native to South America’s high altitudes and have been carefully grown by families for generations. While the berry grows, it is enclosed in a husk that protects it from the outside environment. The husk starts out dark green in color and as it ripens turns to a golden shade of yellow, this process can take up to four months to complete.
When the berries are ripe, they are picked by hand, peeled from the calyx and sent to be washed. Since, the golden berry is so well protected by the husk, the fruit needs minimal washing before being laid out to dry. In small batches, the berries are dehydrated at super low temperatures (under 113 degrees), just enough to remove excess moisture and preserve the natural flavor and nutritional content. The final result is sweet, tart and chewy berry.
Golden berries are slightly sweet and tart, can be used in recipes, baked goods or eaten by themselves for a healthy dose of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.