Cape Gooseberry, also known as Physalis peruviana, is a small round fruit that is native to the Andes mountains of South America. It is also known by other names such as goldenberry, Peruvian cherry, and Inca berry. The fruit is about the size of a marble, with a papery husk that covers its bright orange-yellow, juicy flesh. The fruit has a sweet and slightly tart flavour, which is often described as a mix of pineapple, tomato, and strawberry.
Cape Gooseberry plants are typically about 0.5m to 1m tall and are easy to grow in warm climates.
The plants produce small, lantern-shaped flowers that are followed by the fruit, which grows inside a papery husk. The husk turns brown and papery when the fruit is ripe, and it can be easily removed to reveal the fruit inside.
Cape Gooseberries are a rich source of vitamins A and C, and they also contain some B vitamins and minerals such as iron and phosphorus. They can be eaten fresh, added to salads or desserts, or used to make jams and preserves. They are also sometimes dried and used in baking or as a snack. Cape Gooseberry is a popular ingredient in many South American and Peruvian dishes.
Days to maturity for harvest: 110 - 140
Plant Type: Vegetable
General Sowing Time: Spring to Autumn
Sow Depth: 5 mm
Spacing: 90 cm
Germination: 2 to 6 weeks
Days to Harvest: 180