Fruit – Vegetable – Tropical Fruits
Wild breeds of the Cape Gooseberry presumably come from the Andes regions to the south of the equator, from Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and the north of Chile. The plant was domesticated more than 200 years ago in South Africa — hence the name Cape gooseberry. Two centuries ago they were used as a remedy for scurvy, the disease that is caused by a vitamin C deficiency.
The Cape gooseberry grows much like their relative — the tomato — on small shrubs. As soon as the carrot-like fruits become ripe, the paper-thin leaf-cover vapours itself around like a lampion. As soon as the carroty fruits become ripe, the paper-thin leaf-cover vapours itself around like with a lampion. The Chinese Lantern or Bladder cherry (Physalis alkekengi), which is held as an ornamental plant in the garden in our latitudes, likewise belongs to its relatives.
Today, the Cape Gooseberry is cultivated around the world: in South Africa, Kenya, Madagascar, Colombia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Great Britain and even in the areas of viticulture Germany.
They are imported all year round from Columbia and from December until June from Kenya.
May be consumed raw, used in sweet and hearty salads, cake layers or in compote and jam.
One must keep Cape Gooseberries in a very drily and breezy area, so that they do not mould.