The Groundcherry and Goldenberry 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 and pruinosa. These species are commonly referred to as groundcherry and goldenberry as well as many other regional names. Plants produce small edible fruits that range from sweet to tart with a variety of unique flavors. This project aims to further explore the cultivation of peruviana and pruinosa in New York state and gauge potential for local food systems. 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 in New York State
Meet the Project Team
Pictured: Nathan Reem, Kerry Swartwood,Esperanza Shenstone, Brandon Williams, Joyce Van Eck
The Physalis Improvement Project is led by members of the Van Eck research group at BTI.
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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