Physalis / Cape Gooseberry / Ground Cherry / Mexican Tomato
Pictured below Physalis p eruviana is also called husk tomato , ground cherry , ground tomato , cape gooseberry , oha berry , haranksh , golden berry , uchuva , Inca berry , uvilla , or sfivalis . Physalis peruviana is indigenous to South America, but grows well in Africa. It is related to tomato and potato, not gooseberry like the name can suggest. The berry is round, 1.5 to 2.5 cm in diameter, of a dark yellow almost orange colour. The inner berry is covered with a lantern-like hood which should not be eaten. Berries are glossy, sticky, sweet and spicy… they resemble in taste something between tomato and sharon fruit. They are excellent source of vitamin C. Its uses are similar to the common tomato or to fruits with a refreshing taste. Once extracted from its husk, it may be eaten raw or used in salads, desserts, as a flavouring, and in jams and jellies. They can also be...