Ground Cherry

Ground Cherry
History
The plant was being grown in England in 1774 and was cultivated by early settlers at the Cape of Good Hope before 1807. Soon after its adoption in the Cape (the origin of the name ‘Cape gooseberry’) it was carried to Australia, where it was one of the few fresh fruits of the early settlers in New South Wales. There it has long been grown on a large scale and is abundantly naturalised.
It is also grown in New Zealand where it is said that “the housewife is sometimes embarrassed by the quantity of berries in the garden”…government agencies have promoted increased culinary use!

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