Golly it is hard to blog when you can’t connect to some of your favourite sites. First, the NYT. Now Wikipedia. I promise to add the links when I get back to the land of unfettered access.1

When I was young, we didn't have English gooseberries (Ribes uva-crispa). We had Cape Gooseberries (Physalis peruviana) although it was not for another lifetime that I learned that not everybody called them that. And we had Chinese gooseberries (Actinidia deliciosa). Then along came a marketing genius and lo, the faintly suspect Chinese gooseberry (think Cold War Red Menace) stormed the USA and later Europe as the kiwi fruit.

So, guess what they call the hairy green things here? Yup. Kiwis.

Now I need to try an Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis or Phyllanthus emblica)

  1. 2021-09-22: I didn’t. And here was China, in case that isn't obvious from context. 

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