Ground cherries - or husk cherries - produce in great quantities at the end of their season, which is about now. You might find them at the farmer's market and wonder, "What do I do with these?":
Here are four ideas for using the fruit at home, from the gallery above:
- 1: Ground cherries in a pint container, as you're likely to find them at your local farmer's market.
- 2: Sugar and Cinnamon Ground Cherries, via Kitchen Therapy, can be used in place of raisins. (They also recommend drying halved ground cherries sprinkled with salt and pepper for a savory alternative. Yum - thanks, Vincent!)
- 3: Another way to preserve the fruits is by making jam out of them.
- 4: Show off the fruit's beautiful husks, which appear wing-like when peeled back. Simply peel back the husk of each fruit, leaving it attached. Wash, dry, and serve as a beautiful garnish on cereals, yogurt, or ice cream.
- 5: Because the ground cherry is related to the tomatillo, we'd be interested to try it in a salsa like this Ground Cherry Salsa from Cater Tots.
Related: What's the Deal With: Cape Gooseberries
(Images: Flickr member kthread licensed for use under Creative Commons, Vincent Simon/Kitchen Therapy, Flickr member llsimon53 licensed for use under Creative Commons, Ken Greene/WNYC, Cater Tots)