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Strawberry Tomato (Physalis pruinosa)

Annual
P. pubescens grisea. Waterfall. = P. pubescens (Cornucopia)
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Strawberry Tomato
Physalis pruinosa
Solanaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked in pies, preserves etc[105]. A delicious bitter sweet flavour. The plant conveniently wraps up each fruit in its own ‘paper bag’ (botanically, the calyx) to protect it from pests and the elements. This calyx is toxic and should not be eaten.

  • Cautionary Notes

    All parts of the plant, except the fruit, are poisonous[19, 65].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow March/April in a greenhouse only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place quickly and freely. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots of fairly rich soil when they are large enough to handle and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Consider giving them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away well. Diurnal temperature fluctuations assist germination[170].
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[200]. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit, there are some named varieties. Similar to P. peruviana[200].
Eastern N. America – Wisconsin, New York and south to Florida.

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