Physalis, Coqueret Of Peru (Physalis Peruviana), Or Cape Gooseberry

Peruvian Cockroach (Physalis peruviana), or Cape Gooseberry

The Coqueret du Peruvian is a herbaceous plant that does not like the cold, whose fruits have a recognized ornamental capacity. The fruit of the Coqueret of Peru or Physalis contains a high concentration of beta-carotene and vitamin C. It can be eaten raw or in jam. It is often found in pastry decoration for cakes or pies. The shape of the fruit is similar to that of an orange-yellow cherry. When ripe, this fruit is enclosed in a paper-like membranous calyx. The chalice in question is nothing but contiguous petals.

Various therapeutic virtues are associated with the Coqueret of Peru, in particular against rheumatism and urinary infections.

Not to be confused with another variety, the Physalis alkekengi, or "Love in a cage" is only an element of interior decoration that can be presented in bouquet.

  • Family: Solanaceae
  • Type: herbaceous plant
  • Origin: South America
  • Color of the flower: yellow
  • Height: 1 to 1.5 m
  • sowing: Yes
  • cutting: Yes
  • Planting: spring
  • Flowering: May to July
  • Harvest September October

Soil and ideal exposure for the cultivation of physalis

The Persian Cockroach enjoys exposure to the sun or partial shade. For its good development, it is necessary to use a soil neutral in acidity and moisture, rich in compost and well drained.

Sowing, planting, multiplication of physalis

Planting by sowing takes place in March with an atmosphere not falling below a minimum of 18° C. Propagation by cuttings can also be done in the spring.

Tip: by leaving the physalis immersed in a glass of water, it is much easier to remove the flesh for planting.

Council of maintenance and culture of the persian coquerets

Make sure that the Coqueret de Pérou is not over watered. Binage can be done regularly. It is possible to prune the plant when it becomes invasive.

Harvesting, conservation and use of Cape gooseberries

Harvesting occurs when the Physalis matures with the yellow-orange color. Storage can be done in the refrigerator but within a period not exceeding 3 days.

Diseases, pests and parasites of the physalis

Whiteflies and aphids represent a danger to the plant. The Coqueret of Peru can also be afflicted with rust disease.

Location and favorable association of Cape Gooseberries

The Coqueret du Peruvian can be planted in a pot, in a kitchen garden, or in a flower bed with shrubs.

Varieties of physalis advised for a plantation in the garden

Physalis peruviana is the fruiter while the Physalis alkekengi is only ornamental.

Video: How to Eat Physalis Peruviana, Cape Gooseberry, Golden Berry, Inca Berry.

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