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Cape Gooseberry, Physalis
Solanaceae
Physalis peruviana


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Solanaceae Family

Physalis Genus

Location

Native to high altitude tropical Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru ... Found in Utah.

Physical Description
The fruit is surrounded by a paper-like husk formed from the calyx. As the fruit matures, it fills the husk and can split it open by harvest. The husk turns brown, and the fruit can be any of a number of colors when ripe, including yellow, red, green, or even purple.
The fruit is a small round berry about the size of a marble with numerous small yellow seeds. It is bright yellow and sweet when ripe, making it ideal for snacks, pies or jams. It is popular in fruit salads, sometimes combined with avocado.




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Solanaceae
Nightshade Family
Solanales
Solanales
Nightshade Order
Euasterids I
Euasterids I
Real Stars Group One
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

As a member of the plant family Solanaceae, it is related to a large number of edible plants, including tomato, eggplant and potato, and other members of the nightshades.
If the fruit is left inside the husks, its shelf life at room temperature is over 30-45 days.
anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
used as a medicinal herb for cancer, malaria, asthma, hepatitis, dermatitis and rheumatism
AKA: Aguaymanto, cape gooseberry, husk cherry, poha berry, ground-cherry, Peruvian cherry, harankash, golden berry, uchuva, Inca berry, uvilla, capuli or sfivalis, and gu niao
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Similar to Tomatillo, Physalis philadelphica

Other parts of the tomatillo plant contain toxins, and should not be eaten.
Tomatillo plants are highly self-incompatible (two or more plants are needed for proper pollination; thus isolated tomatillo plants rarely set fruit).

Fresh ripe tomatillos will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks. They will keep even longer if the husks are removed and the fruits are placed in sealed plastic bags stored in the refrigerator. They may also be frozen whole or sliced.
The tomatillo is also known as the Husk Tomato, Jamberry, Husk Cherry, Mexican Tomato, or Ground Cherry.

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Physalis peruviana L. Relates Species: Clammy Ground Cherry (Physalis heterophylla), Tomatillo (P. ixocarpa), Purple Ground Cherry (P. philadelphica), Strawberry Tomato (P. pruinosa), Ground C





Cape Gooseberry, Physalis
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Cape Gooseberry, Physalis
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Cape Gooseberry showing the seeds.
Cape Gooseberry after taking a bite, it would have been perfect for a 1 foot tall man.



Cape Gooseberry showing the paper casing.
Cape Gooseberry - August 12, 2009



Cape Gooseberry Flower
Cape Gooseberry - August 12, 2009



Cape Gooseberry Fruit Pods
Cape Gooseberry - August 12, 2009



Cape Gooseberry Fruit Pod
Cape Gooseberry - August 12, 2009



Cape Gooseberry Flower
Cape Gooseberry - August 12, 2009

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