Goldenberry, Giant Peruvian (Physalis peruviana), packet of 30 seeds, organic
Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae)
Short-lived perennial in zones 10 to 12, normally grown as an annual, 100 to 120 days to harvest
(Giant Groundcherry, Topotopo, Cape Gooseberry, Goldenberry, Husk Cherry, Poha, Poha Berry.) Native to the Andes–a cultivated crop since Incan times. This is the giant form, to 5 feet tall, bearing cherry-tomato sized fruit as shown. Nutritious fruit occurs in a decorative inflated calyx. Fruit is loaded with vitamin A, C and B. Plant prospers in rich soils, but actually produces more fruit in marginal soils. Sow in spring in pots and transplant. In temperate US, start early and cultivate as per tomatoes. Harvest when fruit drops. Excellent crop for the tropics, where ongoing high yields provide refreshing fruit and nutrition–much yield for little effort.
30 Seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown
michanne (verified owner) –
I’m waiting for germination now! In the meantime, would you have any suggestions for companion plants for P. peruviana?
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Richo Cech –
hello michanne, thanks for writing. last year we grew these in profusion, in a fat row with marigolds at both ends. I felt that the marigolds helped–we had no disease problems and the goldenberry was well-pollinated. I also recommend red clover, shoo-fly, oats and basils as good goldenberry companions. Remember they get really big and take it easy on the nitrogen if you want fruits… richo