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Scientific Name: Physalis pruinosa
Alternative Names: Ground Cherry 'Aunt Molly'

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  • Annual
  • More compact version of the Cape Gooseberry - fruit is a little smaller but similar in taste and appearance.
  • Fruits more prolifically than Cape Gooseberry.
  • Half-hardy annual with spreading branches and leaves that are heart-shaped, shallowly toothed and grayish green when young.
  • Bears yellow flowers followed by roundish yellow berries enclosed in lantern-like light brown husks.
  • Needs full to partial sun as well as lots of water throughout the growing year, except towards fruit ripening time.
  • It will grow in most soil types and will do very well in poor soils.
  • Plant 40cm apart.
  • Ideal for patio containers.
  • When ripe, the husks turn brown and the fruit drop off the plant - prop up the vegetation with a stake in order to be able to pick up the fruit off the ground.

Culinary Uses

  • The fruit is sweet and slightly acid with a meaty consistency and can be eaten raw, used in salads, desserts, jellies, sauces, tarts, jams, dried or cooked.
  • Fruits are excellent when dipped in chocolate.

Parts Used

  • Fruit.
  • Peel the outer husk away from the fruit and wash before using.
  • Fruits can be stored in their husks for several weeks.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Good source of Vitamin P, A, C, plant sterols and flavonoids.

For Animals. It is said that

  • Ground cherries are good turtle food.
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