WHEN WE visited Benguet State University in March 2017, we enjoyed eating the Benguet gooseberry from the organic store at BSU. The plant is also called Cape gooseberry and we learned from the Internet that it is a native of South America.
LONG AGO – It must have been introduced in Benguet a long time ago so that the natives call it their native plant. Some enterprising gardeners gather the fruits which they can sell at the organic store where it is retailed at P25 per small pack consisting of more than a dozen fruits. The Igorots call it either Gobbayas or Gombais.
ACTING LIKE NATIVE – The Cape gooseberry must have found Benguet an ideal place to grow because there are volunteer plants even in unlikely places. For instance, we saw a volunteer plant growing outside the greenhouse of the Northern Root Crop Research and Training Center at BSU with young fruits and flowers.
TRY IT – Anyway, when you visit BSU, look for the Benguet gooseberry at the school’s organic store. You will find it is nice to eat