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European Gardening: Is this an edible Cape Gooseberry?

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fleuriste
Marciac
France
(Zone 7a)

September 24, 2010
12:51 PM

Post #8118731

I was given some "Cape Gooseberry" seeds by a friend. I expected pretty, brown "paper lanterns" with an orange, edible fruit inside. Instead I have light beige "lanterns" with a creamy-yellow fruit bursting out! Help - are they triffids? Here are pictures of the various plant parts and the fruit...

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fleuriste
Marciac
France
(Zone 7a)

September 24, 2010
12:52 PM

Post #8118736

Another view of the fruit

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fleuriste
Marciac
France
(Zone 7a)

September 24, 2010
12:54 PM

Post #8118741

This shows the leaves, the plant is a straggling thing spreading over around a three-foot square

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fleuriste
Marciac
France
(Zone 7a)

September 24, 2010
12:55 PM

Post #8118744

A face-on pic of a flower - I think this one is pollinated as the centre is starting to lighten

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fleuriste
Marciac
France
(Zone 7a)

September 24, 2010
12:57 PM

Post #8118751

This flower opened today. The Buff-Tailed Bumble-Bees love them!

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fleuriste
Marciac
France
(Zone 7a)

September 24, 2010
12:59 PM

Post #8118755

Any identification help would be appreciated - otherwise I'll just have to eat one and see how I feel *grin*
dany12
szarvas
Hungary

September 25, 2010
5:43 AM

Post #8119946

Il y a plusieurs Physalis.
Physalis peruviana est poillue , la tienne est très lisse.
Donc je crois que ce serait Physalis angulata.
fleuriste
Marciac
France
(Zone 7a)

September 25, 2010
5:59 AM

Post #8119964

Merci Dany!
Je pense que vous avez raison, les fruits seront comestibles si elle est angulata.
Nous allons les essayer pour le désert après notre déjeuner demain pour essayer le goût. Je posterai la suite le lundi - si je ne suis pas malade d'ici là * sourire *!
fleuriste
Marciac
France
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2010
10:48 AM

Post #8123911

Hi Everyone!

I had a Google Search with the information that Dany gave me, once I knew for sure it was a Physalis. I had looked for Cape Gooseberry and never come up with an image of the fruit that looked right. With Dany's info I was able to have another go! Thank-you Dany!

The Physalis I have isn't angulata after all - it is Physalis ixocarpa (Tomatillo)!

See the fruit at this link - it is EXACTLY like mine!
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/tomatillo.htm

The company looks interesting as a source too, has anyone used them and have you any feedback?
fleuriste
Marciac
France
(Zone 7a)

October 10, 2010
4:05 AM

Post #8147914

This post is now closed - thanks Dany!
lortay
Navan
Ireland

October 19, 2010
3:35 AM

Post #8163709

Although I know it is closed, I enjoyed this thread. Thank you for posting - very informative.

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