Māori Plant Use

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Plant Use Details 

Physalis peruviana. Cape gooseberry.
FAMILY: Solanaceae Potato or nightshade family
BOTANICAL NAME: Physalis peruviana
MĀORI NAME: kupara Servant 1973; kupere
COMMON NAME: Cape gooseberry
DESCRIPTION: An early escape from cultivation. Still widely cultivated. Scattered throughout New Zealand in warmer areas.
FOOD: Fruit 'excites the appetite at first, but soon betrays those who partake of it in any quantity' (Servant 1973).
Fruit eaten, used to make jam.