Can I Grow Cape Gooseberry Here?

Q: Can I grow cape gooseberry here? My location gets full sun and is next to the house. 

A: If you can grow tomatoes, you can grow Cape gooseberry, Physalis peruviana. The golden, marble-sized fruit is not common at local groceries because it is not easy to ship. In my travels, I’ve often seen it used as a garnish for desserts. It is a great homegrown fruit/vegetable. Plant seeds outdoors in early May. You can start them indoors in mid-April. It usually takes sixteen weeks until harvest. You can eat the fruit when the papery husk has completely dried.

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