Frieda's Specialty Produce - Cape Gooseberries


What is a Cape Gooseberry?

  • Also known as Ground Cherry or Physalis, the actual berry is enclosed in a papery husk and is about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, with the berry being slightly smaller. When fully ripe, the berries are orange-red and have a smooth skin with small, soft, edible pips. Ripe berries taste pleasantly tart and smell a bit like pineapple.
  • You may also find them without husk as Pichuberry.

How to Eat

  • Remove and discard husk, and wash thoroughly. Eat berries fresh or cut in half and use in fruit salads, compotes, or jams. You can also sweeten the fresh fruit with a sprinkle of sugar.

Health Benefits

  • Excellent source of vitamin C, rich in vitamin A, and a good source of fiber.

How to Choose

  • Choose berries that are firm and yellow to orange in color.

How to Store

  • Refrigerate up to 4 weeks.

When are they in season?

  • Year-round

Where are they grown?

  • Product of Colombia and Chile


Chocolate-dipped Cape Gooseberries

Chocolate-dipped Cape Gooseberries Ingredients 1 pint Frieda’s Cape Gooseberries 1/4 pound milk chocolate 1/4 pound dark chocolate 1 sprig mint Steps Peel back the papery husks (or remove them altogether), then wash the berries and let dry completely. Line a … Continue reading

Grilled Tropical Fruit Kebabs

Grilled Tropical Fruit Kebabs Exotic fruits get caramelized then drizzled with a zesty key lime-honey sauce for a sticky-sweet summer treat. Ingredients 1 pint cape gooseberries* (24 berries), husk removed and rinsed well (or 24 fresh lychee and/or rambutan, peeled … Continue reading

Cape Gooseberry Compote

Cape Gooseberry Compote ingredients 4 cups Cape gooseberries, removed from husks and washed 1/2 cup to 1 cup granulated sugar* 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons) 1 vanilla bean Small pinch of salt *To let the flavor of … Continue reading