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Cape gooseberry '(Big) Little Buddha'

Large-fruited Physalis

Cape gooseberry '(Big) Little Buddha'
 
 
 

Physalis peruviana Goldberry (Big) Little Buddha

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It is still beyond me, what exactly is “little” about this variety. It is the largest cape gooseberry I know. And big is beautiful: this berry is really a whole mouth-full; children have to eat them in two or three bites. The aroma is slightly less intense than Peters Beste, but the fruits are fruiter and juicer – perhaps this is also due to the sheer size of them. The cape gooseberry (Big) Little Buddha will trigger a wow effect by every gardener that sees and enjoys this unfamiliar, large berry for the first time.

Fruits: Yellow-orange, large, two or three times as large as Peters Beste, the fruit has a round-flat shape; very good texture, a beautiful and rewarding eating experience! When do you ever get such big berries between your teeth?
Taste: Fruity flavour, fruitier than Peters Beste (probably because it has more sourness), but slightly less aromatic; it has the same flavour elements as Peters Beste: coconut and a vanilla finish; Warning: overripe fruit and fruit that has slightly burst open can sometimes develop a bitter side note
Growth: Somewhat loose and higher than Peters best, up to 200 cm high
Care: Physalis can be grown successfully as an annual; it flowers and bears fruit in the same year. Cape gooseberries are perennial in their natural habitat; they are not hardy in our region, however the plants can be overwintered in a bright location at about 10-15°C.
Fertilisation: little or no fertiliser; too much fertiliser leads to vigorous growth and Physalis forms fewer flowers and fruits
Location: sunny; Physalis is an extremely warmth-loving plant
Harvest: From mid-July, somewhat later than for Peters Beste
Use: for snacking directly from the plants, salads and desserts, for decoration. The fruits are rich in provitamin A, also in vitamin B and vitamin C.
 
About Cape gooseberries
We know cape gooseberries (Physalis peruviana and Physalis pruinosa) from the beautifully decorated plates in restaurants. Maybe we've already seen them in a friend’s garden. But this simple and rewarding berry plant is generally still too rarely grown. The cape gooseberry is indeed not hardy in our climate; each year it must be newly planted (or overwintered), but in the same summer after planting, in early May, it has the almost miraculous ability to grow, to blossom, and bear abundant fruit. In the first year, if it has grown well, you can expect 100 and more fruits; after overwintering, up to 300 fruits are possible in the 2nd year. The beautiful, yellow-orange colour and the aroma that is reminiscent of coconut and vanilla offer an unrivalled addition to berry gardens as well as to containers on balconies and terraces. And another thing: the cape gooseberries are resistant to the spotted-wing drosophila, thanks to their typical calyx husks that act as protective tents.

Tips

Pinching young plants It is advantageous to pinch the young plants to a height of about 15-20 cm so that they branch out better and so the plant can produce more volume. Volume also means fruit yield.
 
  • Ripeness/Harvest Period July, August, September, October
  • Final height 160cm to 2m
  • Final width 1cm
  • Available June
  • Sweetness moderately sweet
  • Use beds/borders, for containers
  • Soil moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location full sun
  • Flower Colour yellow, orange
  • Leaf Colour green

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