Physalis

342 – Schoenbrunn Gold Physalis

$3.65$6.35

Certified Biodynamic and Organic

Sweet-tart aromatic fruit is born in lanterns on a sturdy 3-4ft tall plant. A further bred Cape Gooseberry type. This outstanding fruit tastes of guava, passionfruit, mango and citrus. Unlike ground cherries, these do not fall when ripe. When the husk begins to turn from yellow to dry tan, the 1-inch round yellow to golden-orange fruit inside is ripe.  Great for sorbet, ice cream, sauces for fish, pureed to add an aromatic sweet-tart note to any dish from salsa to sushi–your imagination is the only limit! This is unlike any fruit we’ve tasted–we highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in exploring new flavors in the kitchen. Named for the Palace of Schoenbrunn in Vienna. Much touted as a superfood for its health benefits, it is high in vitamins A and C.

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Product Description

DAYS TO HARVEST

80 days from transplant

SOWING

Sow 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Sow in a warm, bright location in moist, but not overly wet, seedling mix. When the first true leaves appear, transplant into individual pots with a fairly rich compost mix. Plant out after danger of frost has passed, when the soil is warm. Cover with row cover until the nights are warm.

LIGHT PREFERENCE
Full sun

SOIL REQUIREMENTS

Physalis likes some addition of compost, but does not need overly rich soil to thrive.

PLANT HEIGHT
3-4 feet –these will need staking as they can get quite tall!

PLANT SPACING

18-24 inches

HARDINESS ZONES

Not cold hardy

HARVEST

When husks begin to turn from pale yellow to dry tan, pick the fruits from the plants. Unlike the related ground cherries, these fruits will not fall when ripe, so you will want to walk through every few days to check on ripening fruit.

USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS

Use fresh for topping desserts, make into puree or jam, or add to hot sauces for a sweet, spicy, fruity treat. In our garden some insects seem to like these sweet tangy fruits, so make sure you cut them open before popping them in your mouth, since occasionally one will be home to a critter!

Additional Information

Size

S ~100 Seeds, LG ~600 Seeds

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