How to pick:
Ground cherries are ripe when they have fallen from the bush. When going out to pick simply scoop up the ground cherries that have fallen to the ground. They should have an unbroken brown husk. Be sure to remove the husk before eating.
Farmer Kirstie's Ground Cherry Salsa
Ground cherries are an easy keeper. They can last on the counter in their husks for at least a week (if you can wait that long to eat them)
Ground cherries are high in vitamins A, C, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. They also have significant amounts of calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, bioflavonoids, protein, and fiber.
- The flavor of these fruits is very unique. Some say it is like a combination of a pineapple and a tomato while others compare it to a cantaloupe or nutty flavor.
- These are very popular in Italy and other parts of Europe but are often difficult to find in the U.S.
- Although they have the word cherry in their name they are actually in the nightshade family and are related to tomatoes, tomatillos, and peppers.