Golden Berry - Physalis peruviana
This amazing superfood is commonly mistaken for its European relative the Cape Gooseberry or Ground-cherry. The Inca Berry came directly from the Andes in South America and has a better taste.
This tender perennial boasts an amazing amount of medicinal properties, all while causing a mouth-watering sensation in your mouth! With a tart and sweet flavor, nothing will bring your taste buds more joy than a few Inca berries!
Some of its properties include:
- High Protein (approx 16%)
- Contains vitamins A, C, E, K1, B1, B2 & B3
- Antiviral & anti-carcinogenic properties
- Maintains healthy cholesterol & glucose
- Drought Tolerant
- Pollinator Plant
- Tender Perennial
- Sun: Full
- Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: No
- Seed Count: 20
- Days to Maturity: 50-60
- Plant Size: 36"-54"
Recommended to start indoors and transplant. Thin to healthiest seedlings. Will grow into a large bush and in mild climates will over-winter. Add mulch at base. Drought tolerant. Tender perennial. Readily self-seeds with the help of birds.
When starting seeds indoors, it is key that your new starts be hardened off. This is a process that requires taking seedlings outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are transplanted into the ground. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure.
- Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
- One week minimum is recommended
- Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
- Keep an eye on them and constantly water them. Make sure they have not blown over.