Monday, September 28, 2009


What is in that basket? Phalluses? Syphalis? NAY! Those are Physalii? They're gross, at any rate.

But they come in such a cute little basket! And withIN the basket, the fruits themselves come in such a cute little tomatillo wrapper!

Adorablemente, no? So fragile and whimsical. Like fruited moths.

But the physalis is in the nightshade family and DUDE IT TASTES LIKE IT. Every time I ate one I felt sickly. I should have left them out for the wasps. Would have solved that problem.

These little seedy, tomato-esqe beasts were a serious let-down. They tasted like Citrus-Action Lysol. My camera is garbage. Picture a cherry tomato, that is orange.

Tastiness: Zero. If I could sanction giving it a negative number, I would. It was chemically and gave me the queasy uneasies and I tried to eat them for, like, four days, but could never get past the one.
Ease of extraction: Eight! They were a bit sticky (I tried washing one to see if it was the outer stickiness that was giving me the tangy gut, but no dice) but other than that, you just undress the little bastards and have at them.
Overall Nommability: Uh...I guess that anything times zero is zero, which makes sense. It doesn't matter how easy it is to extract if the extractables aren't worth extracting. The zero stands.


Dreamybee said...


Do you guys do any research on preparation before you eat mysterious foods like these? I ask because not everything sold in the produce section is ready-to-eat, nor does it come with warnings like: "be sure to cook this thoroughly or you will notice the oxalic acid causing your throat to tingle and make you wonder if you've just been poisoned."

Also, watch out for star fruit.

Sparkling Squirrel said...

Physalis (and the very closely related tomatillos) are great when they are cooked into salsa.
Not so good raw.

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Dorothy said...

In South Africa we call these Cape Gooseberries and the ones I've tried are quite sweet. Definitely an acquired taste.

Anonymous said...

These are actually one of my favorite fruits! Whenever I find them at the store I buy them! To me they are ridiculously good! I know them as CapulĂ­ :]
maybe yours were unbelievably unripened?