A tropical South American ground cherry (Physalis peruviana) having yellow flowers with purple centers and an inflated calyx enclosing an edible yellow berry used to make jam, sauces, and desserts.
The fruit of this plant.
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Origin of cape-gooseberry
- After the Cape of Good Hope where European settlers introduced the plant in the early 1800s (its cultivation later speading from there to other parts of the English-speaking world)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition