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Recorded as early as 1837, this polish variety has a particularly clean flavour. Fruit enclosed in its papery husk will keep for three weeks. Generally only 18″ tall and 2′ wide so easily contained. Pick when the fruit is a golden orange. 70 days from transplanting.

How to Grow Physalis from Seed

Cape Gooseberry is very easy to grow from seed. Sow Physalis indoors, between February and April, only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place within 7 to 10 days at 70-80F. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and 2 to 4 true leaves have developed, transplanting the young plants into individual pots and protect from frost.

Physalis, or Cape Gooseberry, is a fantastic, fragrant and exotic addition to the kitchen garden. Similar in texture to a firm tomato the flavour of Physalis fruits compliment both sweet and savoury dishes, they make an attractive garnish and can be eaten raw, used in salads, desserts, jams and jellies and even look great displayed in a glass bowl.

Golden bearies seeds

When I first started reading about ground cherry and goldenberry, it quickly became apparent that there is pervasive confusion between the two main species — Physalis pruinosa and Physalis peruviana. One of the first goals of understanding the choices available to growers is getting the nomenclature correct.

An advantage of P. peruviana is that the plants are larger and more upright and that the fruit does not abscise when ripe, giving more control and easier conditions (not stooping on the ground) for harvesting. On the other hand, because they don’t abscise when ripe, they must be cut off the plant, which makes harvest more time consuming.


Goldenberries are a relative of tomatillos.

Carol Mucher, garden director at the NB Community Harvest Garden in New Brunswick, Canada, has been growing ground cherries for a number of years. “They go over very well with our customers,” she says. “Parents usually send their kids foraging for the fruit because the plants are quite low to the ground and the fruit tends to fall from the plant.”


P. pruinosa – ground cherry: prostrate, spreading plant with approximately ½-inch fruit that falls from the plant when ripe.