Cape Gooseberry Seeds
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It isn't a good time to sow these seeds now - we hope to offer Cape Gooseberry again next spring.
Cape Gooseberry is South American fruit that grows on a sprawling bush. Grow one at home and enjoy the cute wee golden fruit - you can't buy them in the shops!
This small packet of approximately 100 Cape Gooseberry seeds is plenty for an Urban Garden! (In fact, you may even have some spare for friends and family!)
What is Cape Gooseberry (Ground Cherry, Golden Berry)?
Cape Gooseberry (also called 'Husk Tomato', 'Golden Berry' and 'Ground Cherry') is a South American fruit that grows on a sprawling bush. The cute wee golden orange fruit is the size of a cherry tomato and is encased in a lantern that starts out green before turning to a brown, papery husk. A bush can grow to between 60 and 90 cm high, producing up to 300 fruit in a growing season.
This plant looks right at home in a tropical garden and will give your neighbours something to talk about! It can be grown in a large feature pot if you have a small garden.
Culinary Uses for Cape Gooseberry (Ground Cherry, Golden Berry)
Cape Gooseberries are one of nature's nutritious 'superfoods' with high levels of Vitamin C. They have an elusive but delicious flavour that is hard to pin down. It has been compared to various combinations of pineapple, mango, tomato, figs, vanilla and strawberries. Needless to say, the yellow fruit can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, raw or cooked. (Note that the husks aren't edible).
Try these delicious morsels in a salsa with a difference, in a fruit salad or fruit crumble, or on top of a pavlova. They can make a surprisingly tasty addition to a green salad and pair well with corn and basil. If you have grown more than you can eat, they can be dried (like raisins) or made into a jam, relish or chutney. Ground Cherries/Cape Gooseberries are a good substitute for Tomatillos in Mexican dishes.
Cape Gooseberries store well for a week or two if kept in their husks.
Growing Conditions - Cape Gooseberry (Ground Cherry, Golden Berry)
Cape Gooseberry likes full sun and heat. While it thrives in slightly acidic and sandy soils, it will adapt to most soil types (including poor soils). This plant is tender in the spring and won't tolerate either frost or wind.
Once established Ground Cherry plants will survive mild periods of drought, but your plant will remain healthier with regular watering. Be careful not to overwater close to fruiting time or to waterlog the soil, as they don't like wet roots. Yarrow is a good companion plant for Cape Gooseberry.
This plant does have a sprawling habit, so we recommend that you grow it in a large pot or a contained space. Be prepared to stake it as it reaches maturity. Cut it back after fruiting and as needed to keep it under control.
Cape Gooseberry are ready to harvest when their husks become papery and brown/cream colour. The fruit doesn't ripen once picked.
What type of climate does Cape Gooseberry prefer?
In warmer climates Cape Gooseberry grows as a perennial - dying back over winter but reappearing the following spring. In cooler areas it can be grown as a summer annual - it will die at the first frost. Plant in late spring/early summer when the soil has warmed up.
Growing Instructions - Cape Gooseberry (Ground Cherry) Seeds
- This plant is best raised in seed-raising mix and transplanted into the garden
- Transplant: Late spring - early summer
- Spacing: 100 cm apart
- Sowing depth: 2 - 3 mm
- Keep soil consistently moist (but not soggy) while germinating
- Germination: 6 - 10 days
- Harvest: 90 days from transplant