Hawaiian POHA CAPE GOOSEBERRY seeds Physalis peruviana Ground Cherry Organic Fruit B25

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Physalis peruviana, a plant species of the genus Physalis in the nightshade family Solanaceae, has its origin in Peru. The plant and its fruit are commonly called Cape gooseberry, goldenberry, poha, and physalis, among numerous regional names. It has been cultivated in England since the late 18th century, and in South Africa in the Cape of Good Hope since at least the start of the 19th century. Widely introduced in the 20th century, P. peruviana is cultivated or grows wild across the world in temperate and tropical regions.
P. peruviana is an economically useful crop as an exotic exported fruit, and is favored in breeding and cultivation programs in many countries.

P. peruviana is annual in temperate locations but perennial in the tropics. As a perennial, it develops into a diffusely branched shrub reaching 1.6 m (3.3 to 5.2 ft) in height, with spreading branches and velvety, heart-shaped leaves. The flowers are bell-shaped and drooping, 15 to 20 mm (0.59 to 0.79 in) across, yellow with purple-brown spots internally. After the flower falls, the calyx expands, ultimately forming a beige husk fully enclosing the fruit

Poha Berry, aka Goldenberry, Cape Gooseberry, or groundcherry is a small bushy perennial shrub from the nightshade family. It's native to South America, Chile, and Peru but is found and cultivated elsewhere for its delicious and yummy orange fruit! Poha Berry grows in a variety of conditions, thriving in high humidity or in high altitude areas, growing in marginal forest areas and riparian woodlands/jungles. It can be grown in temperate climates as an annual.

Try growing this very easy to cultivate plant in your garden or in a container . The bright orange berries are the size of small marbles and have a unique, somewhat sweet yet tart taste. Poha Berry is one of those plants that will produce fruit the first season, much to the delight of all gardeners.

The plant will fruit berries that grow in paper-like 'calyx' which are thin skin-like outer coverings. These berries are delightfully vibrant orange! The fruit tastes tangy and sweet, like a mixture of pineapple and strawberry. It can be used to make jams, ice creams, alcohol, and other awesome edible curiosities!

The orange is not deceiving! Poha berry is high in vitamin C and contains a good dose of beta-carotene the same phytochemical that gives carrots their orange flair. Poha Berry also contains thiamin and niacin (found often in energy drinks) and phytosterol compounds that help promote higher levels of energy and focus!


This is a popular berry in Hawaii, the fuzzy-leaved bush (aka Poha Berry) produces about 1" berries with smooth, waxy orange skin. Some say this tangy sweet fruit tastes like a mixture of pineapple and strawberry with a bit of mango. The fruit s covered with a lantern-shaped husk which opens when ready. One of our favorites here in Tampa. !It grows well in containers. Maturity: Approx. 75 days after flowering

Planting season: Late spring/early summer

Start seeds inside 6 weeks before the last frost date (or 8 weeks before the expected transplanting date). Keep soil warm until emergence. Seeds will not germinate in cool soil and planting out too early may affect plant vigor. Harden off plants carefully before transplanting. Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Transplant in late spring/summer (soil temperatures at least above 60°F) in a warm and sunny location. Fertilize as needed. Harvest when husk turns light brown and when fruit berries fall or are ready to fall.