Who would have thought? Finding cape gooseberries at the Centris market was a real surprise. I only ever get to Centris once or twice a year as it is at the other end of town (not such a bad drive early on a Sunday morning actually) but I really should go more often. Not only did the Benguet State University? stall have these beauties, they had organic strawberries (a big deal to get strawberries that haven’t been sprayed), nice cherry and mini-tomatoes, and other goodies.
I have always been fascinated with these berries when I’ve seen them used as a garnish abroad. They sit on top of cakes, sometimes coated in sugar, and almost always with their “husk” or “capes” twisted behind them. Native to South America and now often grown in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, they are a relative of the tomato and have a sweetish tart taste. I ate a couple at the stall before purchasing 300 grams worth for PHP90 total. If you’re curious, here’s more on this fruit.
Not sure if I will manage to bake a cake in time to use the berries, but if all other uses pass, I can just cook it up with lots of sugar into a jam or sauce instead. :)