Mystery Fruit

A couple of weeks ago I asked for help identifying a mystery fruit. Many of you enjoyed the challenge and asked for more. Here’s a fruit I tried for the first time last week. I had never seen it before. Does anyone know it? You can’t tell from the photo, but the fruits are the size of cherries. I’ll reveal the answer tomorrow.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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48 Responses to Mystery Fruit

  1. vinnieh says:

    Great post as usual.

  2. when we were kids we always called these gooseberry’s but I’m not positive they are true gooseberry’s. yummy and tart though.

  3. IsobelandCat says:

    I love these! Physalis. Now I want some….

  4. aFrankAngle says:

    A fruit that I don’t know by a picture.

  5. Sarita says:

    Agree with IsobelandCat, it’s physalis, or cape gooseberries. Personally I think they are wonderful as a garnish on a dessert, with the leaves, not really for eating on their own. They are related to the tomatillo, another fruit I recommend you try!

  6. In my country, we call it “BUAH CECENET” or Cecenet fruit:)

  7. pixilated2 says:

    The common name where I come from is Ground Cherries. I actually haven’t tasted them. Do they taste like a cherry? I know they are related to the Tomatillo which is used in Mexican cooking for making green salsa. ~Lynda

  8. bebs1 says:

    Never seen them before. How do they taste?

  9. carmoo says:

    if i`m not mistaken,.there`s a lot at my backyard,…we called it “Buah Letup Kelambu” hahaha,…the taste just like,..not so sweet but some like savorless, small like berries,.n it`s covered just like cocoon,…and the inside same like tomato cherries…^^ where did you found it?

  10. paulaacton says:

    Physalis i love them!

  11. Grape tomatoes and they come in little leaves that you have to unfold and they taste like sweet heaven! Love them!!! I’m from Southern Indiana, so I know them well! Thanks, Emily

  12. I think they are called Ground Cherries. I love to eat them! So sweet and delicious!

  13. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Yep Isobel is right they are physalis and when perfectly ripe they are delicious!

  14. wolke205 says:

    Mhhhh Physalis 😀 I wish I had some here nom nom nom 😀

  15. Ooh – physalis – gorgeous (except when you get a really sour one)!

  16. Rosa says:

    very easily growing plants in warmer areas.
    South African name for them appelliefies
    very popular for jams and tarts

  17. lynnsbooks says:

    Erm, what everyone else said! Lol. I’ve actually tried these but have no idea what they’re called (and I actually can’t remember what they tasted of – maybe I didn’t like them very much!)
    Lynn 😀

  18. superGdome says:

    I never seem to know if we have it grow in my country, but for sure I’ve seen it as a garnish for desserts…but it is always already preserved and so the original taste isn’t there anymore…would like to try the fresh ones if any…
    Now that I know the names from other fellow bloggers, I would like to look for it somewhere…thank you for the sharing…

    ~ a bunch of love
    Super G

  19. TBM says:

    I need to pick up my game and find some fruit that will stump all of you. Many of you were correct, yesterday’s mystery fruit was physalis, also known as groundcherries, Golden Strawberry, Chinese Lantern, or Cape Gooseberry according to Wikipedia. I had never seen one before. The taste was a mixture of sweet and tart. Now I need to find something none of you will get. That might be difficult.

  20. yay it’s Friday one wonders what magic that loon has for us today?

  21. I have eaten it but I had no idea what it was called, until today. Physalis 🙂 Good idea to pay a visit to your blog again 😉

  22. We had these as decoration on our desserts almost every night when we were in France in the autumn. One of the other writers did a little research, but I fail to recall what she found out about them. They are tart, but delicious and beautiful against a place of chocolate galette or mousse or whatever they are adorning.

  23. claudiamichelle1 says:

    Gooseberries! Yum!

  24. MSaggi says:

    In India these are known as raspberries…the red (maybe original) raspberries don’t grow there!

  25. dadirri7 says:

    we call them chinese gooseberries, a mixture of the names you have given, and yes they are yummy … but here the bower birds find them very attractive so we have to pull them out to stop luring these destructive birds to the garden 🙂

  26. blacklambphotography says:

    My husband eats these like they’re going out of style. They are in my kitchen as I type (if he has not eaten them already). He tells me that these are a type of cherry. They’re not my cup of tea, but he LOVES them.

  27. lemoncake says:

    mmm yum yum love these Physalis!

  28. tee14by14 says:

    I know I’m a bit late, but I know these…, I’m growing them in my garden… caped gooseberries… at least that’s what they’re called in Australia.

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