For the first time in Bulgaria, in the Department of Horticulture at the Agricultural University of Plovdiv the variety cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana L.), named “Plovdiv” was selected. The variety was selected from local plant population. The variety is characterized by very good distinctiveness, homogeneity and stability. The DUS test was passed successfully in the field of the Executive Agency for Variety Testing, Field Inspection and Seed Control. Cape gooseberry Plovdiv is with spherical – oblong shaped fruits, high content of vitamin C and pectin and with very good strawberry taste. The variety Plovdiv was recognized and registered in the official Bulgarian catalogue of vegetable species varieties in 2006.
Keywords: cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana L.), variety, selection, breeding morphological behaviors, agricultural quality