Considered to be a type of bush berry, this fruit is most often found growing in cooler climates. Surrounded by a pod that is a paper husk or calyx with visible veins, the Cape Gooseberry is a close relative to the Mexican tomatillo or the Ground Cherry, but it is not the same fruit. The Ground Cherry is smaller, somewhat sweeter but acidic, while the tomatillo is more tart in flavor. Caution is advised when using the Cape Gooseberry in foods, making sure no husks from the berry are eaten since the paper husk is poisonous. This type of berry is most often used for making desserts, jams, jellies, syrups, and sauces.
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