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Cape Gooseberries

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Organic Cape Gooseberries Seeds

A tropical treat for any climate

Physalis peruviana
Tiny pre-wrapped fruits with intense fruity flavor
Similar to their cousin the ground cherry, but with a more intense flavor. Another contrast: these fruits stay on the vine when ripe. Enjoy in chutneys, jams, pies and as an "up-side-down" cake.
Product ID# PH0639 , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC , Grown in the Northeast

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Also known as Peruvian Ground Cherry. Not botanically a gooseberry, but a member of the genus Physalis - which includes tomatillos, as well as the recently re-popularized Physalis pruinosa (such as our Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry). More tart than Aunt Molly's, but beloved by those fond of strong, sour, earthy flavors. Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C to boot.

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 7-14 days
Days to Maturity 70 days
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Spacing in Row 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 inches
Height at Maturity 24 to 36 inches
Width at Maturity 24 inches
Growing Instructions

Grow like tomatoes: sow indoors 3-8 weeks before last frost, then transplant after frost. Can be slow to germinate; need heat. Grows rapidly and with much branching once transplanted. Becomes a bushy plant; may require support to keep outer branches aloft. Harvest fruit only after it drops to the ground, when it's ripe and delicious. Immature fruit are not tasty.

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