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Old 09-15-2008, 01:24 PM   #11
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I think their proper name is psyphalis (Sp)
Sounds too much like syphilis...I'll pass.
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:43 PM   #12
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Jeekinz: Could it be this? Looks like UCHUVA, a little tart fruit, good in salads, en jams, and could be eaten just as it comes out of the "cover". Please see this address for more information.
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Uchuva from Colombia. Cape gooseberriesPhysalis peruvianaCape gooseberries, also known as physalis are a favourite exotic fruit in Europe.Indigenous to Colombia and peru, the early settlers at the cape of good hope grew cape gooseberries before 1807.Colombia specializes in the production of this unique fruit making it available year-round. It's grown in cold, subtropical regions throughout the country.The fruit is ripe when the cape has a golden color and the berry is yellow-orange in appearance. It possesses a verySweet but tart flavor making them very appealing for many different dishes.Often canned whole and preserved as jam, cape gooseberries are also sold fresh and used for sauces, pies, puddings, chutneys or eaten fresh in fruit salads.Due to their high content of vitamin a, calcium and phosphorus they are reported to help control diabetes, clean the blood and aid in the treatment of the prostate gland. They also aid in digestion.
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:51 PM   #13
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Jeekinz:
Also have a look at this address: Tomatillo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
If this is tomatillo, I would ask Mexico Karen for a nice recipe for a delicious sauce made with the tomatillo.
Hope this will help you with your plants.
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:41 PM   #14
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Hmmm. I guess alot of plants look simillar to this one. I'll wait a few weeks and see what it does.

How big are those Uchuvas? The fruit part, that is.
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:56 PM   #15
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What are these????

Don't have a name. The "bell" shape should turn orange. We call them
jack-o-laterns. They are now green and left to mature (if this is it) will
turn orange. Dried...they are used in dry arrangements.

Who really knows?
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:09 AM   #16
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The uchuva is more or less the size of a cherry. Inside there are little seeds (about 1 milimeter)
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:30 AM   #17
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In the "gardening" there is a thread call TOMATILLOS. Several DC members have this plants. Bīgirl posted two photograps of the plants-
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Old 09-16-2008, 11:07 AM   #18
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The top one is definitely a tomatillo plant because I have some growing in my yard. These are pictures of mine.

When the tomatillos fill the husk make some of this:

Salsa Verde

about 14 tomatillos
4 chile peppers (I prefer serrano)
2 or 3 garlic cloves (I prefer 4)
maggi sauce (usually in the store near worchestershire sauce or on the Mexican aise--I use 1/4 tsp dried maggi bouillon)
1/2 tsp worchestershire sauce
1 tsp powdered chicken boullion
salt to taste
1 bunch of cilantro (a handful)
1 onion
1/2 fresh lime juiced

Fry the tomatillos and chiles in a pan until golden. Blend them up with the garlic, sauces, and salt. Add water to desired consistency. After it's blended add cilantro, onion and lime juice. (I actually prefer the onion blended with the rest, but that's not how my friend told me to do it).
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Old 09-16-2008, 11:15 AM   #19
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Oh no, I looked at your picture again. I can't see the leaves very well in yours, but I think they are different than mine, so maybe it's not a tomatillo. Well I hope it is because that salsa is really good!
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Old 09-16-2008, 11:30 AM   #20
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I think the first one is what I call Chinese lanterns, physalis. Here's a picture of them when mature.
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