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Cape Gooseberry 10/10

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Update: 5053 days 12hrs

Comments: -  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 because they grow so vigorously and you will get new plants self seeding from fallen fruit every year. The fruit are very attractive and fun to pick as the fruit grow individually inside paper lantern-like cases. When fresh the fruit resemble a cherry tomato and are very juicy with a sharp/sweet flavour, reminiscent of apricots. The fruit can also be left to dry on the bush (although many will fall when ripened before drying out). When dry the fruits a wrinkled and somewhat leathery with a much sweeter flavour. Kids love to pick and eat these.    

Planted: 2010

Height 0.7 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 6 Months From Seed

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control:  

Question:  I've been told that it can be harmful to eat unripe Cape Goosberry fruits. Do you know if this is true? 

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