Friday, January 30, 2009

Physalis minima (Bladder Cherry)

This bladder cherry plant was not suppose to grow in this planter bed but somehow it was left alone to grow till this big. It has flowered and you can see the fruits hanging there. Meanwhile the older bladder cherry plant is dying of root rot in another part of the garden.
The scientific name of this plant is the Physalis species and the neighbourhood children who came to help in the garden sometimes pick the orange cherries to eat. I also recognised that the fruits when dried are used as cake decorations.

You can read more about the plant here ....

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Savvy Mummy said...

do you mean these berries can be eaten? I saw lots growing when I was growing up in Punggol. I didnt know they could be eaten. How do they taste like?

Chawanmushi said...

They had a tangy taste cos' the one I tried was still a little greenish. But my neighbour did say that the the orangy fruit tastes less tangy and a little sweet :-)