Also known as physalis, Cape Gooseberries are small, smooth round fruit wrapped in its own papery husk or “cape” which lends to its name. Golden Berries are actually Cape Gooseberries with the husk removed and both are available year round.
The berry itself is 1/2 to 3/4 inches in size, with a glossy, smooth, light-orange skin. The pulp is juicy and contains numerous small edible seeds and has a sweet yet tangy taste. The husk is bitter and inedible.
Cape Gooseberries and Golden Berries make excellent jams and purées and can also be used in exotic fruit salads or fruit pies and crumbles. They are also commonly used as toppings for desserts and pastries.
These berries have an excellent shelf life and can last up to two weeks under proper refrigeration.