There are lots of them, but none of them are very big. The ones I brought indoors a few days ago have ripened well, turned a deep golden colour, and actually taste quite nice.
When they are fully ripe the outer casings are dry and papery, while the fruits in the middle are firm yet not crunchy. The taste matures as the fruit ripens. No longer is it "cucumbery", but more akin to that of a melon. I'm afraid though that I can't work up much enthusiasm for this plant. It was interesting to grow it just to say that I had done so, but I don't think I will grow it again. I'd rather use the space for more tomatoes! The total crop from this plant was less than 400 grams.
|I'm hoping these will ripen a bit more...|
The plant from which these fruit came looked more or less dead. The branches had all dried up and collapsed. I know that in some parts of the world Physalis is a perennial, but I don't think mine would survive the Winter - even if I wanted it to. Has anyone else in the UK had any success with this plant?