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Otaheite Gooseberry

Otaheite Gooseberry is not really a gooseberry. It's a tropical fruit that resembles a gooseberry in look and taste.

The tree can be raised from seed or cuttings, and grows up to 50 feet (15 metres) tall,

There are male and female plants; the female ones bear the fruit. In some parts of the world (such as southern India), a tree will produce 2 crops a year, though they need four years of growth at the start to being producing good crops.

The trees have green, smooth, pointed leaves 3/4 to 3 inches (2 to 7 1/2 cm) long, and bloom with reddish flowers. The fruit grows in clusters on both old and young branches.

The fruit is about the size of a grape, 3/4 to 1 inch (2 to 2 1/2 cm) thick. Its ribbed on the outside with 6 to 8 ribs, and its waxy skin ripens to a pale greeny yellow.

Inside, it has crisp yellow flesh, and a hard pit in the middle with 6 to 8 seeds inside that.

The flavour is very tart. When cooked, it turns red.

It can be made into jelly, jams or pickled preserves, or used as a tart flavouring as lemon juice is.

Nutrition Facts
Per 100 g (3.5 oz) of flesh
.5 g
.2 g
Vitamin C
4.5 mg
5.4 mg
18 mg

History Notes

Probably native to Madagascar. Introduced into Jamaica in 1793 and from there spread through the Caribbean. Has naturalized itself in Central America and most of South America.


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Also called:

Aamloki; Cheremai; Country Gooseberries; Grosella; Indian Gooseberries; Jimbling; Malay Gooseberries; Tahitian Gooseberries; Tjareme; Tjerme; Wild Plums; Cicca acida, Cicca disticha L., Phyllanthus acidus, Phyllanthus distichus (Scientific Name); Cerisier de Tahiti, Groseillier des Antilles (French); Cerezo agrio, Manzana Estrella (Spanish); Groselha (Portuguese); Harpharori (Indian)


Oulton, Randal. "Otaheite Gooseberry." CooksInfo.com. Published 27 June 2004; revised 27 May 2007. Web. Accessed 03/20/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/otaheite-gooseberry>.

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