Cape Gooseberries

Cape Gooseberries were somewhat of an oddity when we first saw them at a farm market, and we have not seen them anywhere else.

Cape Gooseberries

Cape Gooseberries

About Cape Gooseberries:

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:

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Food Value Per 100 g of Edible Portion*

Moisture 78.9 g
Protein 0.054 g
Fat 0.16 g
Fiber 4.9 g
Ash 1.01 g
Calcium 8.0 mg
Phosphorus 55.3 mg
Iron 1.23 mg
Carotene 1.613 mg
Thiamine 0.101 mg
Riboflavin 0.032 mg
Niacin 1.73 mg
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.

Some background information:

Over the years, people have been asking us, “What do vegans eat?” This is probably because they first think about a flesh product as the main meal, and then think about everything else as a side dish. So, we began publishing the huge variety of plant foods that are available for us to eat in this section of our web site. Additionally, we are always on the lookout for something new to add to our collection and experiment with to incorporate into our meals. We have also found that eating mostly unprocessed plant foods make us much more healthy.

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