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Cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana)

Ceplukan madu or cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) is a plant in the Solanaceae, annual and perennial shrub, erect and branching and spreading, 1-1.5 meters high, stems cylindrical or square, green or black in color and white hairs.

P. peruviana has heart-shaped leaves, green and white-haired, pointed ends, margins flat or serrated, a vein in the middle with many small pinnate veins. The leaves have long stalks.

Dlium Cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana)


Hermaphrodite flowers, bell-shaped and drooping, 15-20 mm in diameter, yellow with purple-brown spots on the inside. After the flowers fall, the petals expand, eventually forming a cream-colored skin that completely covers the fruit.

The fruit is round, smooth surface, 1.25-2 cm wide, bright yellow to orange in color and sweet when ripe, slightly sour.



Cape gooseberry grows in forests, forest edges and riparian areas at elevations of 500-3000 meters. Fruit is eaten fresh or processed as an ingredient in sauces, pies, puddings, chutneys, jams and ice cream.

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Subphylum: Angiospermae
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Subfamily: Solanoideae
Tribe: Physaleae
Genus: Physalis
Species: Physalis peruviana

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