The Physalis Improvement Project
Welcome to the Physalis Improvement Project!
The genus Physalis is part of the Solanaceae family (also home to the well-known tomato and potato) and is home to the edible species of peruviana, pruinosa, and ixocarpa. These species are commonly known as goldenberry, groundcherry and tomatillo (as well as many other regional names). Groundcherry and goldenberry plants produce small edible fruits that range from sweet to tart with a variety of unique flavors. Tomatillo plants produce small to medium sized fruits and have a mild acidic flavor. This project aims to further explore the cultivation Physalis species by crowdsourcing information from volunteer citizen scientists throughout the United States. The Physalis Improvement Project is led by the Van Eck research group and is made possible through funding from The Triad and National Science Foundations.
- Gather information from stakeholders involved in the production and consumption of Physalis
- Use information gathered for crop improvement
- Heighten the visibility of Physalis as a specialty crop
Where are Our Growers?
2019 Citizen Scientist Project
Meet the Project Team
Pictured: Nathan Reem, Kerry Swartwood,Esperanza Shenstone, Brandon Williams, Joyce Van Eck
Award-Winning Chili Every year the Boyce Thompson Institute hosts a Chili Cook Off with awards for "Best Overall Chili", "Best Meat Chili", and "Best Vegetarian Chili". Although there were many strong contenders this year, the award for "Best Meat Chili", went to...read more
Welcome to the 2019 Physalis Improvement Project We are excited to announce that the second year of The Physalis Improvement Project is underway. With that said, we would like to welcome all new followers and project participants, as well as thank those who continue...read more
2018 Physalis Improvement Project As the first year of the Physalis Improvement Project comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to share a little about the citizen science project and some of the results. Background In the first iteration of the...read more