Peruvian Groundberry, Goldenberry, Husk Cherry, Poha Berry, Appelliefie (Afr)
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Closely related to the tomato & Chinese lantern, the Cape gooseberry grows beautifully smooth berries, each enclosed by a papery straw-coloured husk. The berries are sweet when ripe & are often enjoyed in salads or made into jams. The Cape gooseberries originate not from Southern Africa's Cape province, but from another Cape in South America!
Fruits are usually hand-picked every 2-3 weeks during Summer to Autumn. A single plant may yield about 300 fruits!
Plants are easily grown from seeds and should be sprouted in small containers using a standard potting mix that is well drained. Place the seeds just a few millimeters below the soil surface.
Bright orange-yellow fruit in a pretty husk that fades into a pretty pattern as the nerves stay and the rest disintegrate.
Quick growing lower informal hedge.
Provide a large enough pot to host the cape gooseberry.
Flowers are light yellow with dark purple spots.
South America, Peru
Soil PH preference
Pests include Cutworm, red spider & sometimes the potato tuber moth. Most common diseases are Powdery Mildew & Soft Brown Scale.