Chinese Lanterns are also called Physalis, a name derived from the Greek word for bladder. The ribbed, lantern-like bells are actually enlarged sepals that have fused together to envelop the forming fruit.

HISTORY: In the 18th Century, the fruits were perfumed and worn for adornment by native women in Peru.

AVAILABILITY: FRESH: August has Green bells and in September Orange or Green bells are available. DRIED: October brings orange - red blooms.

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