Originally from South American Colombia and Peru, Uchuva, or Poha Berry is a popular fruit berry in Hawaii. The fuzzy-leaved Poha Berry bush produces about a 1" inch sweet/tart berry with smooth orange skin, resembling a Tomatillo. The taste has been described as a combination of strawberries, pineapple, and even a little peach flavor. The Fruits are used raw or cooked, in salsa, pies, cakes, jellies, jams, ice cream, over meat dishes or salads, garnish and dried into golden raisins. NOT to be confused with the common Ground-cherry.
This vining plant typically grows to about 2 to 3 feet, but supported it can reach up to 6 feet. The bell shaped yellow flowers and heart shaped large leaves give the Poha Berry a tropical appearance.
Plants prefer soil types that are well-drained. Even if the soil is nutritionally poor, Cape Gooseberry will still grow well, and it prefers acidic soil. Physalis Peruviana is very adaptable and can grow in full sun to partial shade. An annual in temperate regions and a perennial in frost free zones.
Other Names: Pichuberry, Uvilla, Aguaymanto, Cape Gooseberry, Peruvian Goldenberry, Jam Fruit, Poha, Peruvian Ground Cherry, Golden Berry, Goldenberry.