Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where many of the members have poisonous leaves and stems, though the full ripe fruits are usually edible
Fruit - raw or cooked in pies, preserves etc
. A delicious bitter sweet flavour. The fruit falls from the plant before it is fully ripe and should be left for a week or two until the husk has dried and the fruit has turned a golden-yellow
. Delightful when fully ripe
. When dried in sugar, the fruit is excellent in fruit cakes, some cooks preferring them to raisins or figs
. Yields up to 0.5 kilo per plant
. The plant conveniently wraps up each fruit in its own 'paper bag' (botanically, the calyx) to protect it from pests and the elements. This calyx is toxic and should not be eaten. The fruit will store for several weeks if left in the calyx
. The fruit is a berry about 15mm in diameter
There are no material uses listed for Physalis pubescens.
The whole plant is antipyretic, depurative, diuretic, pectoral, vermifuge
. A decoction is used in the treatment of abscesses, coughs, fevers, sore throat etc
Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place quickly and freely. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots of fairly rich soil when they are large enough to handle and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Consider giving them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away well. Diurnal temperature fluctuations assist germination
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Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade
Cultivated for its edible fruit in the Ukraine
. There are some named varieties
. 'Cossack Pineapple' has a small pineapple-flavoured fruit
. 'Goldie' has medium-sized fruits that are borne prolifically on a well-branched plant
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Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Physalis pubescens. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
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