Cossack Pineapple

Physalis pruinosa Open Pollinated

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  • Annual 30-60cm
  • Golden fruit with a tropical taste
  • Serve fresh or in salsas

Standard seed packet, 100 seeds

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'Cossack Pineapple' seeds

Physalis pruinosa

Synonyms: Physalis pubescens

  • Annual 30-60cm
  • Golden fruit with a tropical taste
  • Serve fresh or in salsas

A relative of the Cape Gooseberry but with a low-growing, sprawling habit and a height of 30-60cm. The leaves are large and heart-shaped, and the fruits are a golden colour, 1-3cm round and encased in a papery 'lantern'.

Fruit have a sweet tropical taste and are ripe when husks turn brown and the fruit falls to the ground. Fruit keeps well at room temperature for several weeks. Serve fresh as an accompaniment to cheese, in salsa or made into preserves or jam.

Also known as ground cherries, husk tomato and golden berry.

Seeds per gram: 1080
Product code: B7-19

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Quick Sowing Guide
Method Raise seedlings
Sowing Depth 4mm
Season Spring and summer
Germination 14-42 days @ 21-29°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Frost tender Annual
Plant Spacing 60cm
Plant Height 60cm
Position Part or full sun, moist soil
Days Until Maturity 100 days

*Notes: Keep well watered. Mulch under plants to protect fallen fruit.

How To Grow



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Ratings & Reviews

Cossack Pineapple

Best Gooseberry I've ever grown. My neighbour grows another gooseberry and he doesn't like it, but the birds donated it to us - don't get me wrong, love the other seeds the birds brought over, like our trees of Tamarillos! This gooseberry is wonderful. I don't think I would say grow it as groundcover - mine is more like a low bush. Fabulous plant. Grow it everywhere Australia.
Rob C 3 August 2023