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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 Savers.org:

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  • 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

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