Adaptogen Medicinal Plant Cape Gooseberry for Garden or Food Forest

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  1. Chris Badgett

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    Here's a video we shot with Michael Pilarski about a neat superfood you can grow with lots of names.

    It's a high protein (16%) adaptogen superfood called Cape Gooseberry.

    The cape gooseberry plant is also known as:


    • physalis peruviana
    • golden berry
    • husk cherry
    • incan berry
    • ground cherry

    [video=youtube;MzuM5qmbRuA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzuM5qmbRuA[/video]


    Click here to learn more about medicinal plants you can grow in your garden or food forest with permaculture eductor, Michael Pilarski:


    https://organiclifeguru.com/course/how-to-grow-a-medicinal-food-forest/
     
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    I grow these. There's always a bit of a fight between the kids and I to get to the plant first when it has fruit on it (like now) as they are so good. My nana used to make jam from them but I have no idea how you get enough to go in the pot. They always go straight from the bush to mouth at my place. I have hidden a plant next to the clothes line. Am I'm the only one who hangs the clothes out, I get first dibs!
     
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    That's a great idea to put the tastiest plants by the clothes line!
     
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    love this guys videos, also these cape gooseberries grow like weeds here, everywhere. I dont plant them as they are so plentifull.
     
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    Love the flavour of Cape Gooseberry. And so much fun to eat, opening them up from their little paper lantern.
     
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    Thanks for posting this Chris.

    Looks like a very interesting plant.

    I have bought some seeds.

    So far 1 out 8 seeds has germinated.

    Im starting to think the seeds require quite a bit of heat before they germinate.

    Still it has been 18 days. I believe it takes 14-30 days for germination

    Very exciting even to get one.
     
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    After 21 days Cape Gooseberry number 2 is up.

    Had a 30 degree plus day so I kept them outside, slightly in the shade.

    Kept them moist.

    Have to be extremely careful they dont dry out.

    Seems to confirm my theory they require a fair amount of heat to germinate.

    Interesting to note that both emerged at night not during the day

    They are so tiny I required a magnifying glass to get a good view.
     
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    Looking at them in the morning and after 21 days 4/8 cape gooseberrys have germinated.
     
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    Another 30C+ day Looking at them in the morning and after 22 days 5/8 cape gooseberrys have germinated. So far all of them have come up at night
     
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    Another "fruitful" night.

    8/8 Gooseberrys are up after 23 days.

    They remind me of the Tondo Di Piacenza zucchini which take about the same time ie 24 days before they come up.

    Compare that with a Maltese zucchini which only takes 7 days to germinate.

    It is also such a small plant its hard to see when it has sprouted without a magnifying instrument.

    This is an agonizing process for someone who is accustomed to watching comfrey grow :)
     
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