Cape Gooseberries – this year’s best crop

This year my veg crop has been pathetic to say the least. Very few of my seeds made it to adulthood and those that did got devoured by the mass invasion of slugs and snails. In the early months I decided to plant some crops to keep in the greenhouse in the attempt to avoid the snails.

I decided to grow some cape gooseberries. I’d never grown them before, in fact I’d never heard of them before! They were sold in seed packets as ‘Golden Berry Pineapple’ instead of Cape Gooseberries which added to the mystery of these fruit.

Upon opening the seed packet, I was disappointed to find only a few seeds, maybe ten at the most and they were the size of grains of sand. Skeptically I put them in some compost, watered them and just hoped for the best.

A few weeks later and every seed had become a seedling! When ready I potted them up and they grew into some lovely healthy plants!


The fruit grew well, starting as little green flower buds later to become amber tomato-like fruits wearing little paper jackets. I was picking them daily come august and they were like little sweets to eat.


Alas now the plants have died, however, the good news is I’m left with plenty of seeds for next year!

cape gooseberries

About James

I am a keen forager, gardener, cook and metal detectorist. I enjoy growing my own veg, using my smoker, foraging for all manner of flora and fungi and just love getting out in the wild.
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