Sunday, July 1, 2012

Green Finger Tips - Cape Gooseberry

The Cape Gooseberry or Physalis peruviana is a hardy plant which produces amazing orange berries. The plant is propagated by seed. In this picture the plant is about a month old. It came up between the thyme, a carrot and the rocket plants. I transplanted it into the new section of my garden.

The gooseberry flower develops into a papery pod which protects the tart yellow-orange fruit.

Health benefits of Cape Gooseberry

The Cape Gooseberry is a tonic plant. It helps control diabetes and cleanses the blood. These delicious fruit can help with the treatment of the prostate gland. It is a useful digestive. Vitamins found in the Cape Gooseberry include Vitamin A, Calcium and Phosphorus.

Processing and eating Cape Gooseberries

Cape gooseberries are best eaten fresh off the bush, peeled out of their delicate husks. Fresh gooseberries in garden salad is an interesting taste sensation. A bowl served with a dollop of fresh whipped cream is a delicious dessert. Gooseberries can be preserved in jams and jellies.

Thanks to the guys from Cheap Conservatories for the timeline!

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