This Cape Gooseberry (Physallis peruviana) was obtained as a four leaved seedling in a yogurt cup just over two years ago and is now a multi-trunked six foot tall semi-trellised monster that would take over the entire yard if I were to let down my pruning shear guard only briefly. The bush provides us with fragrant tropical tasting marble sized yellow fruit nearly year 'round in our San Francisco fog. The flowers and fruit resemble the form of Tomatillos in that the berry is contained in a papery husk, but they are only the size of a strawberry guava. The fruit are very fragrant, you'll always know when there are ripe berries to pick off the vines or gather from the ground after having fallen. I'd describe the scent as reminiscent of freshly cut pears mixed with tropical guava, really unique and inviting. Kelly uses Cape Gooseberries in Jams, Sorbets, Pies and Fruit Salads.
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