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Sep 20, 2010 09:19 AM

Trying to Identify a Fruit/Tomato/Grape

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.


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      1. re: vinoroma

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

      2. 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

          what Ive seen here is called groundcherry. Its not very commonly grown in the US but Ive seen it in Quebec.