We first say cape gooseberries on sale at a farm market where they were selling for $2.00 per pound. We have never seen them on sale in any supermarket. They are sweet green berries with a slight tang, something like grapes, and are covered with a loose fitting husk. It is believed to be a native of Peru and Chile, and later cultivated in the Cape of Good Hope, where it acquired it common English name of cape gooseberry. According to the literature that we saw, the fruit gets even sweeter if allowed to ripen on the plant to a yellowish orange color. The only nutritional information we could find is below:
Food Value Per 100 g of Edible Portion*
|Ascorbic Acid||43.0 mg|
*According to analyses of husked fruits made in Ecuador.
The ripe fruits are considered a good source of Vitamin P and are rich in pectin.