Cape gooseberry, also known as physalis, goldenberry, uchuva, ground cherry, and lantern fruit, is a tropical berry that bears resemblance to the tomatillo. These fruits are uniformly round with a papery sheath that acts as a protective husk. Cape gooseberries are delicious with a surprisingly complex flavor that is simultaneously sweet, savory, and fragrant. They have a flavor that is a mixture of strawberry, cherry tomato, champagne mango, and Kyoho grape.
Uses: Cape gooseberries are excellent eaten raw on their own or in fruit salads. Cook gooseberries with sugar to make a delicious jam, preserve, or sauce. Use whole gooseberries as an attractive decoration or accent for a centerpiece.