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Physalis peruviana, is a South American plant native to Peru, Ecuador and Colombia in the nightshade family (Solanaceae), commonly known as Cape gooseberry or goldenberry, known in their countries of origin as aguaymanto, uvilla or uchuva, in Hawaii called poha, and in Egypt called Harankash, in addition to numerous indigenous and regional names. The history of P. peruviana cultivation in South America can be traced to the Inca. It has been cultivated in England since the late 18th century, and in South Africa in the Cape of Good Hope since at least the start of the 19th century. Widely introduced in the 20th century, P. peruviana is cultivated or grows wild across the world in temperate and tropical regions.
From New Latin Physalis, coined by Linnaeus from Ancient Greek φυσαλλίς (phusallís, “bladder, wind instrument”), from φυσιόω (phusióō, “to puff up, blow up”), φυσώ (phusṓ).
- IPA(key): /ˈfɪsəlɪs/, /ˈfaɪsəlɪs/, /faɪˈseɪlɪs/
physalis (plural physalises)
- Any plant of the genus Physalis.
- The fruit of such a plant, typically firm in texture with a mild, refreshing