What is physalis?
The fruit is easy to recognize by its protruding husk, which looks like a semi-transparent lantern, and protects the fruit’s brilliant yellow-orange skin. The berries are small, round, and full of tiny edible seeds. You may have seen these golden berries before — with their pretty husks, they are often used in restaurants to add an extra dash of color and taste to desserts.
The physalis plant is part of the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family. Its scientific name is Physalis peruviana, named for its origins in Peru. While it continues to be produced primarily in South America, the physalis plant also grows wild in the Azores Islands. Queen Bee grows and harvests physalis in the controlled environments of the fields of our organic farm and in our greenhouses.