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inkedsandra

BLACKBURN, United Kingdom

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Pretty Physalis peruviana or cape gooseberry fruit. I tried one but I didn’t like the tast! However, they are very photogenic!! Taken with a canon 450D in naturak light and processed in cs4 with added"Flypapertextures":http://flypapertextures.blogspot.com/

Physalis peruviana, known in English as golden berry (South Africa, U.K.), cape gooseberry, giant ground cherry, Peruvian groundcherry, Peruvian cherry (U.S.), poha (Hawaii), jam fruit (India), uvilla (Ecuador), uchuva (Colombia) and physalis.1. It is indigenous to South America, but was cultivated in South Africa in the region of the Cape of Good Hope during the 1800s, imparting the common name, cape gooseberry.

As a member of the plant family Solanaceae, it is related to a large number of edible plants, including tomato, eggplant and potato, and other members of the nightshades. It is closely related to the tomatillo but not to the cherry, Ribes gooseberry, Indian gooseberry or Chinese gooseberry, as its various names might suggest.

The fruit is a small round berry about the size of a marble with numerous small yellow seeds. It is bright yellow and sweet when ripe, making it ideal for snacks, pies or jams. It is popular in fruit salads, sometimes combined with avocado.

Its most notable feature is the single papery pod that covers each berry. Because of the fruit’s decorative appearance, it is sometimes used in restaurants as an exotic garnish for desserts. If the fruit is left inside the husks, its shelf life at room temperature is over 30–45 days.

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