About Ground Cherries
Ground cherries are in the same fruit family as tomatoes, and are cousins to tomatillos.
They're mildly sweet, with a hint of citrus. Terrific as a snack!
They’re great in both savory and sweet dishes. We especially love ground cherry salsa. Also delicious simply tossed into a salad, (try with lettuce and balsamic vinaigrette, in a cabbage slaw, or grain salad), added to your cereal, in baked goods like quick breads and muffins, or made into jam.
Ground cherries can also be dried like raisins- either using a dehydrator if you have one, or dry them on the lowest setting of your oven for a few hours.
If you’ll be eating the ground cherries fairly quickly, you can just leave them in their husks and store on the counter (or in the refrigerator) for a few days. The key is to keep them dry, so if you do refrigerate and your refrigerator is humid, keep them in a plastic bag and check daily for condensation.
Better yet, husk, wrap in a paper or cloth towel to help keep dry, and then refrigerate them -they’ll store for about a week this way. Husked ground cherries do need to be refrigerated.
Ground cherries freeze really well. Simply husk them, place on a rimmed baking sheet and freeze. When solid, toss into a Ziploc freezer bag; take care to get as much air as possible out of the bag before freezing.
Liz Talley, Urban Graze
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