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Strawberry groundcherry (Physalis alkekengi)

Slightly poisonous

Strawberry groundcherry


Diuretic, effective for the bladder

Areas of application:

Urinary diseases, kidney and bladder diseases, gout, rheumatism, metabolic diseases that are due to increased uric acid concentration in the blood, disturbed urine flow, toothache

Plant parts used:


Collection time:

September to October

To find:

Is common on railway embankments, at old, small train stations, in floodplain areas and vineyards, on wasteland and near old parks and gardens.


Vitamins, minerals, bitter substances, physalin, steroids, carotene, tannins, mucilage


☕ Tea: Add 1 teaspoon of dried fruit to 1/4 liter of cold water, bring to the boil and let stand for a while, then strain. 3 cups a day are sufficient.

The rustling fruit casings of the Strawberry groundcherry must not come into contact with the ripe fruit when collecting, as they make the berries bitter. The plant, except the berries, are slightly poisonous.

The closely related Cape gooseberry Physalis can be found as an addition to fruit plates in good restaurants and is a type of fashionable fruit. It is sold under the names Andean berry, Cape gooseberry or Inca plum (Physalis peruviana).

Hildegard von Bingen: If your eyes darken, take a red silk scarf and spread cherry on it and place it over your eyes at night and the darkening of your eyes will be banished. And whoever's ears ring so that he thinks he is already deaf, take them again and put them on a piece of felt and place it over the ears and up to the neck and the neck and tie it up. So go to sleep and do this often and the ringing in your ears will stop. Dry them in the smoke too and eat them.

Strawberry groundcherry

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