All About – Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherries!

All About – Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherries!

Ground cherries (also known as husk tomatoes) were recorded as early as 1837 in Pennsylvania. Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry is a Polish variety cherished for its unique super sweet taste! They are generally easy to grow.

Ground cherries should start bearing fruit in late July to August and continue until the first frost. If the fruit falls to the ground before they are ripe, don’t worry! Simply gather up the dropped cherries with the husks on and keep them at room temperature in a basket. In about a week, their color will deepen from light yellow to the warm apricot gold that signals ripeness. The papery husk will turn brown.

Store ground cherries in their husks. They will stay fresh for up to two months if kept in a cool place in a basket or mesh bag with room to breathe. When you’re ready to eat them, remove the husk and rinse the fruits. Husked fruits keep in the refrigerator for up to a week. They are easy to freeze. Simply spread the husked, washed fruits on a baking sheet (with a rim so they don’t roll off!) and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, package them into freezer bags, label and date.

Ground cherries can be used for all sorts of tasty treats! They are good as preserves, in pies or pancakes, or in compotes over ice cream! They also can serve as a substitute for regular tomatoes in salsa recipes.

Click here for a delicious Ground Cherry Salsa recipe.

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Amy Giffin
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Amy Giffin was raised in Kohler, Wisconsin and has always had a love for cooking and eating delicious and healthful food. She followed her passion by obtaining a degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2009 and then moved to Milwaukee in 2010 to complete a dietetic internship through Mount Mary College. She now is a SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteer and Registered Dietitian.


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