The cape gooseberry is a small, yellow-green tropical fruit, in size and shape similar to the common gooseberry. It is covered by a pale brown, crinkly, paper-thin husk, and contains many small seeds. It is sometimes known as the husk
tomato. The fruit grows well in tropical and subtropical countries, and was originally native to Brazil. Its name derives
from the Cape in South Africa where it is grown extensively.
It is also grown in Northern India and commercially in southern France, where it is known as physalis.
The cape gooseberry’s pleasant and distinctive flavour makes it suitable for cooking in compotes, sauces, jams, jellies and pies, or for eating raw as a dessert fruit.