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Cape gooseberry, goldenberry or ground cherry

Physalis oder Kapstachelbeere  (Physalis peruviana).

Also known as amour en cage, coqueret du Pérou, lanterne chinoise or lanterne japonaise, these pretty little orange balls, physalis (Cape gooseberry), originated in Peru. They are often available in the exotic fruit area and used as a decoration in desserts.

The fruit has a tart citrusy taste, and because of the similar papery covering or calyx, it is often confused with the Physalis pruinosa (cerise de terre or groseille du Cap) and the native European alkekengi, which is bitter.

Fruit and nuts

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Florian K