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Growing Cape Gooseberry, also Golden Berry, Inca Berry

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Cape Gooseberry in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 14-16 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Will happily grow in a flower border
  • Cape Gooseberry plant
  • Flowers
  • unripe fruit

A straggling bush up to one metre tall that bears yellow fruits inside a brown papery envelope. It is perennial. The cape gooseberry is related to tomatillo, ground cherry and husk tomato, all in the genus Physalis.

Cape Gooseberry is very easy to grow and as the fruit are popular with birds the plants can be easily spread around the garden.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Cape Gooseberry

The berry is the size of a cherry tomato, is very aromatic and full of tiny seeds. They are delicious eaten fresh or can be made into jam. They can be added to salads, desserts and cooked dishes, they are delicious stewed with other fruit, especially apples. They also go well in savoury dishes with meat or seafood. Can be preserved dried as 'Inca Berries'

Your comments and tips

13 Mar 20, Jerbear64 (USA - Zone 7a climate)
I simply got the seeds from the berries I purchased at the grocery store.
10 Jan 20, Denise (Australia - temperate climate)
How do I ripen the fallen fruit? It’s hull is papery and crisp but still quite green inside. I’ve tried them on a sunny window ledge with no success
13 Jan 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If really immature they probably won't ripen. Think about protecting them from the wind or what caused them to fall off.
30 Dec 19, Frank (Canada - Zone 8a Mild Temperate climate)
How long after sewing the seeds can you expect berries? In my area can they be left out year round?
28 Mar 20, Vertical Gardener (Canada - Zone 8a Mild Temperate climate)
I'm in Vancouver and grow cape gooseberries every year. I have never seen them last beyond October. They die back every year, well before the snow arrives.
30 Dec 19, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If you have heavy frosts then your plants will die back, otherwise they should be fine all the year round.
20 Dec 19, Eliud Mungai (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I am from Kenya in East Africa and I have a small garden planted with golden berries.the plants are about 1.5 metres high. Their leaves have developed white sports underneath and are falling off. What could be the problem? And what's the soluton to this problem?
22 Dec 19, Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
Check with a local agricultural department or a nursery.
15 Dec 19, Margaret (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I live in Canberra, australia. Is it too late to put in some seed?
17 Dec 19, anon (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
A general guide is to plant Sept to Nov . so put some seed in as soon as possible. Weather changes year to year, and I'm not talking climate change. We are experiencing a much later start to spring summer rains due to the Indian ocean dipole and the monsoon trough has not yet moved down from India into the north of Australia.
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