Botanical Name: Phyllanthus acidus
This interesting and ornamental small tropical tree features a bushy crown, red flowers and abundant waxy yellow fruit. It is popular for its medicinal values and as an ingredient in sweet relishes and preserves in its native region of, India and Madagascar. Its popularity has spread it widely throughout Asia and the Pacific and occasionally spotted throughout Central America. The young leaves are also cooked as a green. While tolerant to most soil types, it prefers moist sites in the full sun in the sub/tropics. Also know as Otaheite Gooseberry or Tahitian Gooseberry
Plant Information or Specifications
Sub Categories (HashTags)
Indian Favourite (#IndianFavourite)
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
May, June, July
Customer Comments on Star Gooseberry
Stew with apple and lots of sugar and it will taste like stewed Rhubarb | Megan Osmond - Adelaide, SA 08-Mar-2007
I have made jam with the juice from the berries, and when cooked, strain the juice,discard the fruit, the remaining juice turns a rosy pink in colour and resembles a taste similar to Rosella Jam. I just used the same recipe as for Rosella Jam. Excellent!! | Marion Struckel - Greenvale. 4816, QLD, 29-Jul-2009
Makes the most amazing sweet pink jam,beautiful.equal parts sugar to fruit, strain thru sieve. | Heather Dampier - Brassall, 4305 28-Dec-2015
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