Physalis fruit, also called Cape Gooseberries, are luscious round yellow fruits encased in a papery wrapper that looks like a Chinese lantern. You can eat the fruit raw, poach them or use them to decorate everything from a cupcake to a pavlova to a cheesecake.
– Physalis are a small shiny yellow fruit with a strong citrus flavour. – Dip the fruit in melted chocolate (try not to get chocolate on the wrapper) and leave on a baking grid to dry. Serve as a sweet surprise at the end of a meal. – Add physalis fruit to a melon and orange salad. Remove the physalis fruit from its wrapper and wipe with damp paper towel if the fruit is sticky. Cut the fruit in half. Peel and slice a ripe mango and a juicy orange, add to a mixture of lime and orange juice and garnish with the physalis fruits. – Use physalis fruit to decorate cupcakes – they are beautiful sliced in half and perched on top of orange vanilla buttercream icing. – Make a pavolva (basically a thick round of meringue). Top with sweetened whipped cream and decorate with blueberries and physalis still in their wrappers. – Poach the fruits in a sugar syrup which you have flavoured with vanilla. Serve over labneh and sprinkle on toasted pistachios for a middle-eastern breakfast treat.