Native to South America the Cape Gooseberry is a low-lying bush with a bright orange berry within a pale brown parchment like case called the Cape. The berry has a small round shape the size of a cherry tomato, is very aromatic and full of numerous tiny yellow seeds These bright glossy berries have a mouth-watering ‘fruit salad’ flavour. They are delicious eaten straight from the husk or served intact on top of salads or on the side of desserts. They can be dried or used in savoury dishes with meats, seafood, pies or smoothies. The berry keeps well so it makes excellent preserves, delicious jams and jellies or the popular gooseberry jam.
Contains average 100 seeds.
|Soil Requirements — Well drained soil|
Sow in pots or trays of seed raising mix in a sunny but sheltered position. Sow seed 5mm (1/4in) deep, firm down gently and keep moist. Seedlings appear after 7 to 21 days. Transfer to final growing position when sturdy enough, spacing plants 50cm (20in) apart. Water and fertilise regularly. Harvest 12 to 14 weeks from sowing when husks turn brown.