The physalis is a small, decorative round berry with a smooth orange-yellow skin and juicy pulp, which contains numerous tiny yellow seeds. The berry is slightly sticky to the touch and is wrapped in its own papery case that resembles a lantern, called its cape. Its taste is similar to that of a sweet gooseberry.

Physalis is native to South America.

PHYSALIS are classed as a fruit.


Physalis can be eaten as they are, or dipped in chocolate to make a delicious edible garnish.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 53 kcal, 212 kJ; protein 1.9g; carbohydrate 11.2g; fat 0.7g.


Remove the papery lantern. The whole berry can be eaten.


Store in a cool dry place.


Ripe fruit will be bright orange. The papery lanterns should enclose the fruit and be free from damage.

Fun Fact

Physalis is a member of the tomato family.


Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.