Ground Cherries: A New Obsession

19 Feb

I’m inshopping-1trigued by these prolific, pineapple-tasting fruits. They grow like tomatoes and the fruits have been popular at Old Stone House/Washington Park garden near Benji’s school inGowanus. Here are some Ground Cherry (Physalis pruinosa) factoids collected from

Organic Gardening and Seed


  • Easy to grow, prolific, and super sweet.
  • Plants have a sprawling habit
  • The ½-¾” fruits are encased in a papery husk that turns brown when the fruits ripen. Stores 3-4 weeks in the husk.
  • Ground cherries bear fruit about 70 days from transplant (late July to August) and continue until frost.
  • Can be used for preserves, pies, over ice cream, or in fresh fruit salads.
  • Excellent results when grown on landscape cloth, which suppresses weeds and makes fruit collecting easier.

ground cherry  Anyone else intrigued? 🙂        –Denise


4 Responses to “Ground Cherries: A New Obsession”

  1. Anonymous February 20, 2015 at 9:54 AM #

    I’ve had ground cherries and they are indeed sweet and taste sort of like a pineapple. They grow on a sort of bush like plant that doesn’t grow taller than 18″ or so. They sort of remind me of the jack-o-lantern type plants with a papery outer shell (only beige colored when ripe). Kids would like them…are you thinking of planting them at the CV garden?

  2. wearybee February 21, 2015 at 5:37 PM #

    Sounds great. Where?

    • alternahealthgrrrl February 22, 2015 at 10:07 PM #

      Maybe with tomatoes, if they are compatible? Or in the strawberry bed, if those move?

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