Dave's Cape gooseberries are sweet and mildly tart. This golden berry, as it is sometimes called, is a smooth yellow berry resembling a small tomato, about the size of a marble, enclosed in a husk. In fact it looks much like a miniature version of its relative the tomatillo.
Cape gooseberries are excellent to eat fresh as a snack. Packed with nutrition and flavor. They are used classically in jams and pies but are fantastic in fresh salads and fruit salads. Add a surprise element to a savory dish or an exotic touch to your next dessert.
HOW TO SELECT
Fresh Cape gooseberries range in color from yellow to orange with a smooth outer appearance. Your basket of berries will often come with the papery looking husk (calyx) still surrounding the fruit. Peel back the husk and pluck the berry from the stem. Choose brightly colored berries without mold or soft spots.
HOW TO STORE
Keep gooseberries in their original Dave's basket without rinsing. They can be stored in the refrigerator for five to seven days. Rinse well right before using.
One cup of Cape gooseberries is low in calories, cholesterol free and contains modest levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B1, and vitamin B3. They are a good source of potassium and fiber. Basic research on the Cape gooseberry has provided preliminary evidence that it may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.