I was given what I think is Cape Gooseberry, and have some Ground Cherry Aunt Molly growing as well so thought I would look up what is growing in my garden...
The following is sourced from http://www.cornucopiaseeds.com.au/
I am very interested in trying the Tomatillo and Cossack Pineapple as well and will probably buy seeds soon.
Does anyone have experience in eating or growing any of these? I found the Ground Cherry impossible to germinate last year but tried again this year despite thinking the seeds were duds.... it took *ages* but heaps came up in the small area I sprinkled liberally. I have tried transplanting thinnings but not sure if they will take...
CAPE GOOSEBERRY (Physalis peruviana)
A short lived perennial, that's usually treated as an annual, producing large quantities of gourmet, cherry tomato sized, sweet and juicy golden fruits in a papery husk. They can be used in salads, desserts, jam, jellies and are fantastic half dipped in chocolate for that extra treat.
Suitable for temperate and sub-tropical areas.Sow spring and summer for autumn harvest.
GOLDENBERRY (Physalis peruviana) Aunt Molly
Originating in Poland, this ground cherry has the cleanest flavour of all the ground cherries and is very sweet and fruity. Fruit are 1-2cm in diameter and are encased in the same kind of papery husk as a tomatillo, turning a golden orange colour and dropping to the ground when ripe. These extremely productive plants have a sprawling habit and can grow to 45-60cm wide.
Use as you would any sweet fruit. Makes a tasty jam and an unusual and rewarding addition to fruit salads and smoothies etc.
TOMATILLO (Physalis ixocarpa)
The tomatillo is a close relative of the cape gooseberry and a distant relative of tomatoes that originates from the Andes and is widely cultivated in Central America. They are easy to grow and are an important ingredient in many Mexican dishes, especially salsas. It grows a thin husk (or lantern) around the fruit that must be peeled prior to using the fruit Tomatillo are grown in a similar manner to tomatoes but are hardier and less prone to diseases.
Prefers open sunny positions. Sensitive to frosts. Sow anytime in frost free areas, can started indoors 4-5 weeks before transplanting in cooler areas or after last frost.
This traditional Mexican heirloom, regarded by some as the best of the green tomatillos, is a prolific bushy plant growing 1m tall which can tolerate partial shade. Producing larger fruit up to 5cm that are ripe when the fruits burst through husk. Verde Pueblo has a very mild skin and sweet, crisp flesh, so you can use it in salads, salsas, or cooked.
COSSACK PINEAPPLE (Physalis pruinosa)
Cossack Pineapple are a very easily grown, sprawling, very productive plant. It bears delicious berries that are encased in a papery husk and have a flavour reminiscent of pineapple.
Plants grow to 50cm but with bushy spreading lateral branches which choke out weeds. Fruit is ripe when it falls to the ground. Fruits are delicious fresh, as well as making terrific pies and jams.
Fruit will ripen from mid summer until frost.