In Season: July to September
Ground cherries are closely related to tomatillos and have similar lantern like papery husks. To eat ground cherries, peel back the husk and take a bite! They have a lovely sweet vanilla like flavour – almost like vanilla cake- and can be eaten on their own, stewed with a little sugar, baked into deserts, eaten in salads or salsas or made into preserves. For a special treat, dip ground cherries into melted dark chocolate- holding on to the husk- and let dry. This makes for a great party snack and conversation starter!
Store ground cherries: leave their husks on and store in a perforate plastic bad in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator for up to a month. Ground cherries also freeze quite well.
Ground cherries are rich in cryptoxanthin which is a powerful antioxidant. It is also a good source of potassium, as well as having vitamin C, magnesium, niacin and thiamine.