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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! :)


  • 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….

  • 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! :-)


  • Ina

    Katie – how lucky you have already tried them! Aren’t they good? After dinner coffee with these babies sounds great!

  • Ina

    Shirley – that is hilarious! I never thought of “ground up cherries” but that totally makes sense! :)

  • Ditto Shirley I thought the same thing. They do look good.

  • Ina

    Cari – it totally makes sense when first reading the title….lol….they were mighty tasty! :)

  • 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!

  • Ina

    Thanks Sophie – how interesting. Cape Gooseberry seems to make more sense than ground cherries. Either way – they are delicious! :)

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