Grown for its crisp, delicious fruit, this Physalis is a dwarf version of its gargantuan relative, the Cape gooseberry. The fruit are about 15mm in diameter and are surrounded by thin husks. They have a lush, tropical flavour that is difficult to pin down – better than papaya, not quite mango, perhaps closer to pineapple, and much nicer than cape gooseberries.
When they are ripe, the fruit of ground cherries are yellow/orange and the husks are light brown. They tend to fall off the plant when ripe, so you will find yourself collecting them from the ground. The fruit store well and are still fit for eating weeks after they have been harvested. So far we’ve only grown the plants in 2½ litre pots inside a tunnel, where they grew 60cm tall and 100cm wide, and in the ground where the low growing plants reached a diameter of over a metre. We can’t attest to their performance outdoors, but we feel that they would do just fine in a well-protected garden in southern England.
For something tasting so exotic, they are a doddle to grow – treat them exactly as you would determinate (bush) tomatoes and tomatillos.
Highly recommended, especially if you want to push your culinary experiences.
Approx number of seeds per pack: 20