Cape Gooseberry

Physalis peruviana

Cape Gooseberry

The cape gooseberry is a low lying bush with its bright orange berry enclosed in a pale brown parchment like case called the Cape. The berry is the size of a cherry tomato is very aromatic and full of tiny seeds. They are delicious eaten straight from the Cape or made into gooseberry Jam. They can be added to salads, desserts and cooked dishes, they are delicious stewed with apples or dipped in chocolate. They can also be dried or used in savoury dishes with meats and seafood. The small cucumber beetle also enjoys feasting on the cape gooseberry although they munch only on the leaves. Hand pick any beetles that you see as they are capable of breeding into large numbers very quickly.Weed Warning: This old time favourite is very easy to grow. Birds and critters will enjoy its sweet fruit and it can be found growing in both native vegetation areas and occasionally in pasture areas. It is not a dominant weed but it can be somewhat of a nuisance when working to restore native vegetation areas. Native to South America
Other Names: Inca Berry

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Specifications of Cape Gooseberry

Preferred Climate SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Drought Hardy (Little Watering)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May, June

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Cape Gooseberry Reviews & Tips

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Kat Whitehurst
1y ago

Adelaide, SA, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

ABC Gardener July 2019 has an article on Cape Gooseberries which state the leaves are highly toxic to animals and the berries can only be eaten when deep orange so my tip is to plant them where they cannot be eaten by chooks or other pet animals.

Amanda
★★★★★ 1y ago

LESCHENAULT, WA, Australia

This is a superior seed from Thailand. The fruits are much bigger than our usual backyard varieties. Love this fruit because it tastes great and also comes in it's own fruit fly proof case. It fruits over winter also - providing variety when there is n...

Potty Bob 1
★★★★ 1y ago

POTTSVILLE, NSW, Australia

Growing mainly from self seeding now . Yummy little berry in a cute little cape .everyone loves them and fairly easy to grow , grows from cutting or seed . Prone to same things as most solanaise . 

Nicole rhodes
1y ago

Frankston Nth, Vic, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

My gooseberry bush came up all on its own in very poor sandy soil. Im so excited that I have finally found a pleasant that loves this extream environment here in Frankston Nth Victoria.

russtrac1
★★★★★ 2y ago

KOONGAL, QLD, Australia

Growing in a medium sized pot with premium potting mix. I give it a weekly dose of worm castings and regular watering. It has only been in the pot for a few weeks and it has gone froma straggly stem to a bush! I am very excited to taste the fruit!

Dave
3y ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

Easy to grow. Seem to survive longer in well-drained sandy soils. eg much of Perth. Fallen fruit will keep well, even on the ground and continue to ripen to some extent.

Serendipity1
3y ago

SAMFORD VALLEY, QLD, Australia

cucumber beetle attack 2 months after planting 

Figbarron
★★★★★ 3y ago

FRANKSTON SOUTH, VIC, Australia

Purchased as a small plant about 12cm by 12cm tall and wide from bunnings (Nellie Kelly Brand). Within 2 weeks it doubled in size and is flowering. It is currently growing in a 300mm pot (19L). Potting mix is 30% coir peat, 30% compost and 30% potting ...

Doicee 1
★★★ 4y ago

COORANBONG, NSW, Australia

I have enjoyed watching this shrub grow as this just popped up out of nowhere around November last year [2015], which has turned 3 little plants into one large and very sturdy shrub. I'm always investigating the little lanterns and pounce the minute I ...

Mac
5y ago

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

Took ages to ripen, almost a year, but ripened past autumn and during winter.

davewastech
★★★ 6y ago

WILLOUGHBY EAST, NSW

Easy grow and quick to get fruit. Old fashioned fruit; my grandma had them growing next to her outdoor toilet 50 years ago! I grew mine from seed I bought online. Some of the plants produced poor tasting fruits and others had good tasting fruits, so I ...

Jake
7y ago

Lismore, NSW, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

'goose-berries" as we call em, grow wild on the edge of the bush in at least the lismore/goonellabah area of nsw. autumn is ripening, and they are delicious

Linda Long
8y ago

England, EAST

Cape Gooseberry

I planted seeds all came up h about 15inches tall then put up my allotment sheltered by shed and greenhouse well never expected 6plants to grow 7foot tall 8foot wide massive amounts large neighbours want plants this yr picked the last 9jan2012 lyn uk

Sean1
★★★★★ 8y ago

Miranda, NSW, Australia

Tasty little fruit & very easy to grow

Jon
8y ago

Brisbane, QLD

Cape Gooseberry

Worth a shot, interesting flavour, leaves attacked by beetles (Three-lined Potato Beetle). In Brisbane, problems with fruit being attacked by various insects/ants/caterpillars. Do not overfertilise, if at all, as you will get massive plants, little fruit.

Meryl Constance
9y ago

Sydney, NSW

Cape Gooseberry

I am growing them for the first time and was disappointed that the fruit were still green at the end of autumn. I thought that was the end of any hope of harvest. However the bush is is in full fruit now, in late winter, and the berries are delicious. I g

Diane Gill
9y ago

Portland, VIC A

Cape Gooseberry

Love them very much and am fascinated on the outer cover being eaten but not the berry, how to ripen the fruit is a problem...any advice please?

Lissa
★★★★ 9y ago

Strathpine, Qld, Australia

These used to grow wild on the island where I grew up. Finally suceeded in growing these during the last winter season.

Kaz1
9y ago

BARRACK HEIGHTS, NSW, Australia

24/5/13 those big brownish ladybugs ate the plant the berrys looked so cool.planted seeds only one plant left after the chooks got to the garden

Emma1
★★★ 10y ago

Bardon, Qld, Australia

One of my favourite fruits as a kid, it would grow wild in the park near us. I have several plants- one had two fruit but were eaten by the possum before I could enjoy them. The others seem to suffer die back on the tips somehow...

MellLS71
★★★★ 10y ago

Glen Alpine, nsw

My favourite childhood memory involves sitting in front of my great grandmother's cape gooseberry, eating the delicious yellow fruits. I wanted to grow one of these to recapture the taste of my youth!

Nette
★★★★★ 10y ago

Perth, WA, Australia

 Cape Gooseberries are so easy to grow. You just bury one of the fruits (you can probably grow them from cuttings too but I've never bothered) and water occasionally.  The require no maintenance at all, although you may need to cut the plants back be...

Rob Stotter
10y ago

Citrusdal, S.A

Cape Gooseberry

I live in Citrusdal in South Africa, where it often snows in winter and reaches 47 degrees C in Summer. Gooseberries grow fantastically here, in extremely sandy soils and require almost no nutrients. I started with 4 bushes last year, and now have 60

Michael
10y ago

London, UK

Cape Gooseberry

They need a sandy soil. Water regularly. Frost kills them.

Nicola1
★★ 10y ago

Lane Cove West, NSW, Australia

Struggled with powdery mildew/mould, but treated with pruning and training to separate the crossed branches, and moving to spot with better air movement, plus treatment with copper fungicide. Seems to be recovering well.

linnie
★★ 10y ago

CAWONGLA, NT, Australia

Bought a plant years ago and planted it out. Have seedlings coming up now... not sure if from mine or elsewhere. When I find them fruiting, I check what's inside the husk and eat them, to prevent weedy spread, and also because they are quite nice! (Som...

Sifiso Dlamini
10y ago

Mbabane,swaziland, MR

Cape Gooseberry

L did plant them but l have the problem of the colour they don't turn yellow/gold

msjekyll
★★ 10y ago

GORDON, NSW, Australia

Grows easily, fruit makes a good jam but too tangy to eat fresh.  Will self seed.

BFTsUrbanFarm1
★★★ 10y ago

Shelley, WA, Australia

In danger of taking over my vegi patch

Leah Carpenter
10y ago

Launceston, TAS

Cape Gooseberry

I live in Tasmania (cool/temperate) and they ripen over a long period, even though winter. I froze them until I had enough to make jam. It worked perfectly and reached setting point quickly. Worth the wait!

TimBeck
★★★★ 11y ago

Kalgoorlie, WA, Australia

Very rootbound when I first planted it.  Hopefully will survive. It lives!!!  Starting to get much new growth.  This bush is goung berzerk.  Must love the location

Jessica1
★★★★ 11y ago

South Maroota, NSW, Australia

Planted by a friend in the ornamental garden. Tough as nails and able to get a smattering of fruit this year.

amanda19
★★★★ 11y ago

LESCHENAULT, WA

I find this plant likes it's manure and good watering. Too much water may make the fruit less tasty though.Incredible root system that spreads wide and far!  Red spider mites love them - so hose under the leaves with a good jet of water - and grow in ...

Tass1Trees
★★★ 11y ago

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grown for 2 years and it out of control as they do..

Graibeard
★★★★★ 11y ago

Carnegie, VIC, Australia

Another embarrassment of riches. It fruits prolifically here and has out grown its first planting location. It has now been divided up and replanted against the fence where it can sprawl to its hearts content. Looking forward to the next seasons harves...

jessa
★★★ 11y ago

West Ryde, NSW, Australia

Summer 07/08 some very hot high 40's temperatures.  It did fruit and was delicious.

Franc Hancock
11y ago

Stuarts Point, NSW, Australia, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

Very similar to 'husk tomatoes' or tomatillo used for salsa only that tomatillo fruit are much larger

David O'bryan
12y ago

Mansfield, QLD, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

I love my Gooseberries, but so do the little beetles in Brisbane, the larva make short work of the leaves, and I don't like spraying too much around the fruit.

L. Kiehne
12y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

I did not plant them, they came up by bird dropings. They only grow in one garden in my yard, surrounded by ferns and under a big gum tree. I do not water it and it comes up every year.It grows only in winter in Queensland.

G. Stevenson
14y ago

London, U.K.

Cape Gooseberry

I planted them outdoors with the tomatoes but they had not had time to ripen before the autumn came. This year I am starting them a month earlier than the tomatoes.

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