What a busy summer it has been, and early fall is proving to be not much different.  Phew...I have had a number of posts to share, and somehow life has intervened.
Remember the post I did about the lovely lady whom I bought the garlic from? Then she gifted me with the most beautiful dried Oregano?  Well, I called her the other day, asking if I could buy more garlic.  (now I had a good stash!)  She then gifted me with these amazing ground cherries: (by the way, I had a lot more than this picture shows... I could not stop eating them on the drive home!)
Here is a peak inside this deliciousness...see how pretty?:
Wow...what flavor.  Ground cherries are related to Tomatillos.  The flavor of ground cherries is complex:  sweet, tart, hearty, spicy, herbaceous....hard to describe, but so unbelievably delicious.  I bet these would make a great chutney or relish, or even pickled?  My mind is whirling with possibilities!
You can read about growing ground cherries here.
This is what they look like sliced:
I added them to a layered fresh garden salad with a simple dressing....I sooo want more of these babies:
Thank you to my garlic, ground cherry growing friend...this was truly deliciousness on a plate! 🙂

Ina Gawne


  1. I haven't had ground cherries an ages. We use to see them occasionally served with after dinner coffee here but not recently.... We mustn't be eating out in the right season....

  2. I have never even heard of these before, Ina. When I saw your post title, I thought you meant dried up, ground cherries. LOL They do sort of look like miniature tomatillas, and they look really good. You have certainly found a wonderful new friend in that lady! 🙂

  3. We know them as Physalis peruviana (physalis = bladder) is the plant and its fruit, also known as Cape gooseberry (South Africa). It is a fruit, I hear instead of a cherry. I love it's fruity flavour & sweet too!
    A lovely & very colourful salad too! 🙂 Yummy yum, I reckon!

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September 7, 2012