Inca Berry – Physalis peruviana – Cape Gooseberry

Inca Berry – Physalis peruviana – Cape Gooseberry

Physalis peruviana is closely related to the tomatillo and to the Chinese lantern, also members of the genus Physalis. As a member of the plant family Solanaceae, it is more distantly related to a large number of edible plants, including tomato, eggplant, potato and other members of the nightshades.  Despite its name, it is not closely related to…

Cucumber – Cucumis Sativus

Cucumber – Cucumis Sativus

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine that bears cucumiform fruits that are used as vegetables. There are three main varieties of cucumber: slicing, pickling, and seedless. Within these varieties, several cultivars have been…

Purple Tomatillo – Physalis Ixocarp

Purple Tomatillo – Physalis Ixocarp

The tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica), also known as the Mexican husk tomato, is a plant of the nightshade family bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name. Tomatillos originated in Mexico and were cultivated in the pre-Columbian era.  A staple of Mexican cuisine,…

Strawberries – Fragaria

Strawberries – Fragaria

Fragaria /frəˈɡɛəriə/ is a genus of flowering plants in the rose family, Rosaceae, commonly known as strawberries for their edible fruits. There are more than 20 described species and many hybrids and cultivars. The most common strawberries grown commercially are cultivars of the garden strawberry,…

Honeyberry – Lonicera Caerulea

Honeyberry – Lonicera Caerulea

Lonicera caerulea, the honeyberry, blue-berried honeysuckle, or sweetberry honeysuckle, is a honeysuckle native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere. It is a deciduousshrub growing to 1.5–2 m tall. The leaves are opposite, oval, 3–8 cm long and 1–3 cm broad, glaucous green, with a slightly waxy texture. The flowers…

Goji – Wolfberry – Lycium Barbarum

Goji – Wolfberry – Lycium Barbarum

Goji, goji berry, or wolfberry (pinyin: gǒuqǐ) is the fruit of either the Lycium barbarum or Lycium chinense, two closely related species of boxthorn in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. The family also includes the potato, tomato, eggplant, belladonna, chili pepper, and tobacco. The two species…

Morello Cherry – Prunus Cerasus

Morello Cherry – Prunus Cerasus

Prunus cerasus – Morello Cherry This is a late-flowering variety, and thus misses more frosts than its sweet counterpart and is therefore a more reliable cropper. The Morello cherry ripens in mid to late summer, toward the end of August in southern England. It is…

Gooseberry – Ribes uva-crispa

Gooseberry – Ribes uva-crispa

The gooseberry scientific names Ribes uva-crispa (and syn. Ribes grossularia), is a species of Ribes (which also includes the currants). It is native to Europe, northwestern Africa, west, south and southeast Asia.[3]  Although usually placed as a subgenus within Ribes, a few taxonomists treat Grossularia…

Black Currant – Ribes Nigrum

Black Currant – Ribes Nigrum

The blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) is a woody shrub in the family Grossulariaceae grown for its piquant berries. It is native to temperate parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia where it prefers damp fertile soils and is widely cultivated both commercially and domestically.…

Red and White Currant – Ribes Rubrum

Red and White Currant – Ribes Rubrum

The redcurrant, or red currant (Ribes rubrum) is a member of the genus Ribes in the gooseberry family. It is native across western Europe.[2][3]  Ribes rubrum is a deciduous shrub normally growing to 1–1.5 m (3.3–4.9 ft) tall, occasionally 2 m (7 ft), with five-lobed leaves arranged spirally on…