Never having grown Physalis before, I don't really know what to expect! My two plants don't look (and never have looked) particularly impressive. They are not tall, and they are even less tall than before, because they have "flopped". By this I mean that the branches have got longer and heavier than their strength can support.
This is not due to the weight of the crop, which is puny, but to the nature of the branches themselves. They are lightweight and hollow, and now they are beginning to dry out and crack apart at the crown:
The little "Chinese Lantern"-shaped fruits are dropping off the plants now, which I take to mean that they are ripe. They are still very small and inside the papery husks they are still very green, though tinged now with at least a hint of yellow / gold:
I tried eating one. It wasn't unpleasant - perhaps a bit cucumbery in texture, with a hint of tomato in the flavour - but I wouldn't yet say this is a delicious fruit. I have gathered up a few of the best specimens and brought them indoors to see if they will ripen properly.
The ones in the photo above were the best ones, but most of the fruits that have dropped so far are completely insignificant.
I hope that the fruits still left on the bushes will get a bit bigger and sweeter. Has anyone reading this had any experience with these things, from which I can learn?