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can i ripen green cape gooseberries off the plant?



I presume you have a variety of Physalis alkekengi, common name chinese lantern/bladder cherry.
when the calyx starts to show some colour, cut off the flowering stems, hang them upside down in a light, airy shed to dry, when the stems and fruits are dry remove the withered leaves.

23 Nov, 2011


thanks for that, i forgot to say that they are the edible cape gooseberries. does this drying method still apply? i just dont want to lose the fruit to the frost when it comes...

24 Nov, 2011


Yes same method for all.

24 Nov, 2011


many thanks

25 Nov, 2011

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