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Trying to Identify a Fruit/Tomato/Grape

Cher55ox Sep 20, 2010 09:19 AM

We were just in Italy (Florence) and were served a drink with a piece of fruit/tomato? on the rim on the beer.

It looked like a cross between a grape and a tomato or tomatillo (with the outside husk of a tomatillo. Can anyone help us identify this? It was delicious and sweet like a grape, but came in an orange color and had a husk like a tomatillo.


  1. mbfant Sep 21, 2010 07:23 AM

    Physalis, called alchegengi in Italian and all manner of thing in English: alkekengi, winter cherry, Chinese lantern plant, Cape gooseberry (Physalis alkekengi).

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    1. re: mbfant
      jen kalb Sep 21, 2010 09:55 AM

      what Ive seen here is called groundcherry. Its not very commonly grown in the US but Ive seen it in Quebec. http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/ground...

    2. vinoroma Sep 20, 2010 12:34 PM

      sounds definitely like a physalis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physalis

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      1. re: vinoroma
        Cher55ox Sep 21, 2010 09:16 AM

        That is it. You are a genius! Mille Grazie. Now I just need to find it here in the us.

      2. z
        zedman_1 Sep 20, 2010 10:15 AM


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