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Cape Gooseberry (50 seeds) (GR108) $2.50

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Cape Gooseberry

         
 
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(Physalis peruviana) The cape gooseberry is native to Brazil and was grown in England by 1774. It was cultivated by settlers at the Cape of Good Hope before 1807. The delicious yellow-orange fruit grow inside paper-like husks that are easy to peel. They are great dipped in melted chocolate or made into pies and preserves.
 
Cape Gooseberry
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 29
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

82.8% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
shule
Location:
New Plymouth, ID, United States
Date:
November 22, 2016
          5.0
 
Cool plants
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.5
 

What are the pros? tall; soft; frost-tolerant

What are the cons? late

Review:

This is the Giant Cape Gooseberry (says the packet). This means the plants get very tall compared to other ground cherries (the fruits weren't giant for me, but maybe they can get bigger in other conditions). The leaves are extra furry and soft. They're very nice plants and I think they look ornamental. They tolerate frosts. Mine are damaged, but still holding on in southwestern Idaho after several freezes (it's Nov 22nd; our first killing frost was Oct 11th). Plant them early for an earlier harvest. They seem to grow just as well if you put multiple plants in one spot (*maybe* not fruit-wise, though). I attempted to grow these in 2015, but although I got a large plant inside, it got some fungal disease and didn't survive in time to be transplanted. So, I tried starting it in 2016 in a Strong Camel greenhouse in the spring, transplanting them out in ~May and it worked very well. They thrived. Taste was unique. Mine weren't bothered much by spider mites (other ground cherries were).

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
duckduckgoose
Location:
na, CO, United States
Date:
October 28, 2016
          5.0
 
pineappleish
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Interesting taste

What are the cons? long season

Review:

Grew well in a container with fair light in a mountain region. The taste is like pineapple with something tropical mixed in, and would probably make a good jelly. The husks fall off the plant when the fruit is ripe, so putting something under them to catch the fruit is a good idea. The fruit size is comparable to a blueberry. They need a longer season to ripen than I had, but I still got a handful. They also make a neat looking houseplant.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Cindy
Location:
Santa Rosa, CA, United States
Date:
August 6, 2016
          3.0
 
Dont care for the taste
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Attractive plant

What are the cons? Potpourri sweet taste

Review:

The fruit taste sweet citrusy and perfumy. Like I ate a berry with a touch of flowery perfume. Unpleasant to me and I can't enjoy it. Attractive plant that took up a lot of space and matures in the autumn.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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18 out of 19 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Urban Gardener
Location:
Atlanta, GA, United States
Date:
November 28, 2015
          5.0
 
Interesting Fruit
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Excellent taste

What are the cons? -

Review:

Harvested and counter ripened about 30 cape gooseberries from two plants by November. As suggested, I dipped them in dark chocolate and served them for Thanksgiving dinner. Four foodies loved them. Atlanta has not had a hard freeze yet and the fruit continues to ripen now in late November. I have one plant growing in a large pot which I will try to overwinter indoors. I did not think there was a huge number of fruit on the large plants and have read to fertilize very little for a greater harvest. Takes at least 120 days for fruit to ripen.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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20 out of 21 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Sawood
Location:
San Antonio, TX, United States
Date:
September 1, 2015
          4.0
 
Love the fruit but.....
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Vigorous growth

What are the cons? bug magnet

Review:

Transplanted as seedlings in late summer in S.Central Texas. Most transplants grew vigorously. Have to be protected from frost. Survivors that over-wintered fruited nicely, but as temps heated up these plants attracted huge amounts of flea and cucumber beetles. Every berry tastes unique. Some are almost transcendently good. Still haven't determined if the fruit is worth the pest pressure it attracts.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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