Growing Cape Gooseberry (Physalis peruviana)

A cape gooseberry with fruit.
The cape gooseberry is a native of Peru. The plant is a perennial and is easy to grow, even from seed, and be spread throughout your garden by birds, who really enjoy the berries. It is a member of the genus Physalis in the nightshade family Solanaceae. Ripe berries are safe to eat and provide a good source of vitamin C. They are also a good source of fiber. Like other members of this plant family the unripe berries, leaves, and flowers are poisonous.

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July 9, 2018

I bought a plant called golden berry. The assistant said it was a sort of tomato, but the fruit is enclosed by a papery shape, looks like a cape gooseberry. If it is are they edible? Any advice welcome.Information on a Golden Berry Plant



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From the information I can find, the golden berry and cape gooseberry are interchangeable names for the same type of plant. It is edible and can be used in various ways such as jams and pies and as fresh fruit in salads.

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It appears your plant is a real "super-food" and as luck would have it - it may even taste good!

  • The plant or fruit cannot be easily found in all areas but I feel sure that will change as the demand will grow as more people become aware of its super-powers and that is really does taste good (to most people).
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  • This is an excellent site for information about your plant:
  • From a health web site:
  • A prominent feature is the inflated, papery calyx enclosing each berry. The calyx is accrescent until the fruit is fully grown; at first it is of normal size, but after the petals fall it continues to grow until it forms a protective cover around the growing fruit.
  • If the fruit is left inside the intact calyx husks, its shelf life at room temperature is about 3045 days. The calyx is inedible.
  • It appears that Cape gooseberry can be made into fruit-based sauces, pies, puddings, chutneys, jams, and ice cream, or eaten fresh in salads and fruit salads.
  • Here are links to check out for information and how to use:
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February 5, 2018

Gooseberries can have their foliage ravaged by the gooseberry sawfly larvae. Check for small caterpillars. If found, treat with an insecticidal soap or manual removal methods.


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