The physalis

What is physalis?

Physalis is a genus of the nightshade family and grows in the warm, subtropical regions of the world. It’s also known as the Cape gooseberry, golden berry or the yellow nightshade groundcherry.

Where does it come from?

You will find a significant economic part of the physalis trade in Colombia, but the fruit originates from Cape Good Hope in South Africa. Originally it was also grown in England around 1800. In the 20th century the physalis started to be planted in South America; it is not only produced in Colombia but also in Peru, Chile and Ecuador.

How does the physalis grow?

The physalis grows in a bush as a flower that collapses during the growing process. The fruit contains small seeds and the fruit is covered in a somewhat paperlike husk. That’s why it’s also called the paper-lantern plant.

What do you taste when you eat Physalis?

The taste of physalis is bitter sweet and its flavour comes very close to the taste of pineapple. That’s why its nickname is also the pineapple cherry, even though the physalis is an offspring of the tomato.



How do you eat physalis?

Remove the paper-lantern husk from the fruit and eat it as it is. The fruit is often used in fruitsalads or as a jam. It can also be dipped in chocolate, a fondue for example. You will often find them as decoration on your plate.

How to keep the exotic crop physalis fresh?

Keep them cool, but not necessarily in the refrigerator.