|Ground cherries in their husks.|
The overwhelming response I get when I mention ground cherries to someone is: "Oh, my mother (or grandmother) used to make pies out of them. I haven't had those since I was a kid!" But no one seems to know exactly what they are.
Well, ground cherries are not cherries at all. In fact, they're a relative to the tomato, tomatillo and gooseberry. They're called ground cherries because when ripe, they fall from the plant--onto the ground. Like tomatillos and gooseberries, the ground cherry grows in a husk that protects the little yellowish-orange berry inside.
They continue to sweeten if you let them sit in their husks for several weeks after harvesting. They keep very well and can be stored for up to 3 months if left in the husk.
|Ground cherries with the husks|
pulled back (sorry it's blurry).