Cape Gooseberry (Peruvian Golden Berry)


FAMILY: Solanace
GENUS: Physalis SPECIES: Peruviana


Heritage Status: New Zealand
Bio-Region of Origin: Hawkes Bay
Number of Seeds: 50

Description: Cape Gooseberries are well known by older folk who often had them growing wild in the past. The plants are sprawling bushes to 1m, and together form a good ground cover. The fruit which is 1-2cm diameter forms inside a husk or cape, which turns lacey as the fruit ripens. At this point it can be eaten and best as dried fruit with an intense sweet sour taste, with a huge depth of flavour.

Planting Instructions: Plant seed in Spring when ground warms up and prick out at 2.5cm diagonal spacings. Transplant at 1m spoacings when 5-8cm high or leaves are touching. At this spacing they will form a total ground cover.