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Food glossary

Physalis

Physalis

Inside the delicate papery lantern of a physalis or Cape gooseberry is a bright orange fruit the size of a cherry tomato. The berries are firm with a slightly citrus flavour, and full of tiny edible seeds. They are rich in vitamin C and children love their shape and flavour.

Uses: They make a delicate garnish for sweet and savoury dishes, and glamorous cakes. They are also delicious eaten on their own - just fold back the papery calyx and bite off. Alternatively they can be dipped in fondant icing or dark chocolate to serve as an after-dinner treat

To store: Keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.