These fruits encased in an unusual, lantern-like husk are part of the nightshade family and thus share a relation with the much more familiar tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Since it has a mild, refreshing acidity similar to the tomato, it can be used in many of the same ways. Imagine enjoying some pasta with fresh physalis sauce!
Some people grow them in the garden just because they like the way these interesting plants look with their large, brightly colored husks and their small fruits, reports the University of Minnesota Extension.
Native to the Americas, they are typically imported from South America.