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Cape Gooseberries (Physalis peruviana)

I did not know that the Cape Gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) grew in Mallorca, but it does. A friend of ours planted six or seven plants in his finca near Felanitx. His Physalises are no more than 1 m in height at the moment, but they are full with the fruit, husked in its single papery pod that covers each berry.

Apparently, the plant needs full sun but protection from strong winds; plenty of rain throughout its growing season, and very little water when the fruits are maturing. Perfect for the climate here, in Mallorca, at least this year. The plant is said to succeed wherever tomatoes can be grown.

The photo was taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: July 11th, 2008. The time was 19:37:02.

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