The physalis, also known as the Cape gooseberry, is a berry wrapped in a papery lantern. The bright orange berry is related to the tomato.
The physalis originates from Central and South America. Our physalises come mainly from Colombia.
A ripe physalis has a sweet-tart taste that is slightly reminiscent of pineapple.
Physalises can be eaten out of hand or used to make jam. They are also great in salads and desserts. Remove the lantern first as it is not edible.
Unripe physalis fruits ripen well at room temperature. When the physalis is ripe, the fruit is a bright orange/yellow colour. Store ripe physalises in a cool place but not in the refrigerator.
The physalis, particularly with the lantern still attached, also makes a wonderful edible decoration on a tart or dessert.
Remove the stalk and lantern from the physalis and wash the berry.
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