Native to Brazil, the cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) was grown in England by 1774 and cultivated by settlers at the Cape of Good Hope before 1807. Delicious yellow fruits grow inside paper-like husks that are easy to peel. They are great dipped in melted chocolate or made into pies and preserves. (60 days)
Start seed indoors 4 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost of spring. Seeds are covered only slightly to allow light which sometimes assists germination. Do not allow the soil to dry out — keep moist!