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The physalis also known as the Cape Gooseberry or Ground-cherry is a small round yellow orange berry. The tangy fruit is full of soft small edible seeds. The most striking feature of the physalis is the papery green to light brown inedible husk which is shaped around the fruit like a lantern.

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We import the fruits from Colombia all year round because of their outstanding quality, the available volumes and the possibility to transport physalis by sea freight. Physalis is grown at an altitude of 1,800 to 2,600 metres above sea level in the Andes mountain range. The berries are grown close to the cities of Bogotá, Pereira and Manizales. The main motivation to choose Bogotá is its good logistic network. Pereira and Manizales are situated in Colombia's "coffee growing" region. This region is ideal for growing physalis thanks to its extremely fertile, volcanic soil and its high altitude with a cool climate.

The ideal teperature of Physalis

Storage advice

Physalis is kept refrigerated in storage and during transport. The ideal temperature during transport is between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius. At home physalis needs to be kept in the fridge.

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Growing and harvesting

It takes about eight months before a seed has developed
into a mature physalis plant that can be harvested for the first time.
The plant has a life-cycle of 1.5 to 2 years and produces berries all year round. The fruits are harvested weekly. Physalis berries are only picked when the fruit is fully ripe. At the packing station, air circulation is used to dry the papery husk around the berry. This husk protects the fruit and contributes to a longer shelf-life. Each berry is inspected for quality before it is packed. The fruits are then shipped to the Netherlands in bulk crates and consumer packaging.

Relishing a golden future

The Cape gooseberry, also called physalis berry is delicious to eat and an important fruit to the Colombian women of Frutas Comerciales. As a result of working with this orange berry they are building towards a better future.

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Relishing a golden future

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