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Cape gooseberry

Cape gooseberry

Physalis peruviana 

Origin: High elevations of South America

Definition: This member of the tomato family produces small, husk-wrapped fruit that pop a sweet yet acidic punch.

Synonyms: Golden berry in South Africa; Ground cherry in the US; Aguaymanto in Peru

Uses: Wait until the fruit falls from the plants to harvest. Unwrap the paper covering and eat fresh, or make them into jam.

Grow it: Treat it just like an annual tomato plant sans the need for support. The rambling plant will reach 2-3 feet and give you berries all summer. Seeds from Trade Winds Fruit (tradewindsfruit.com).


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