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GoDawgs April 22, 2018 10:23 PM

[QUOTE=berryman;670561]At dinner parties I have dipped each berry with the husk pulled back in a loose ganache and they are super elegant and tasty.[/QUOTE]

That's a [U]great[/U] idea! I'm gong to have to try that. These little jewels are so good. A big no-no for anyone suffering from diverticulitis but wonderful for the rest of us!

The first time I grew them was an 'Aunt Mary's' two years ago. Last year I did a 'Pineapple' but didn't see any real difference in plant habit or berry flavor. They do well in buckets or in the ground. Give them lateral elbow room. :yes: I think I used a 7 gallon for this one.

[IMG]https://i.imgur.com/eu2rNfU.jpg[/IMG]

This was Pineapple last May and it didn't get a lot taller but it sure got a whole lot wider. Had to put some cardboard under it to keep the cherries from falling through the pallet slats!

In '16 I tried to find ground cherry recipes but they were few and far between. Found a few jam recipes so I made a few half pints of that. Very tasty stuff but as the jam cooled a thick layer of seeds floated to the top. You can scrape them off when the jar is opened.

[IMG]https://i.imgur.com/9QA5v6M.jpg[/IMG]

Last summer I wanted to play with the recipe and somehow try filtering out the very tiny seeds to make jelly, not jam but I never got a round to it. Since then I've read that ground cherries are so thick with natural pectin that you don't need to use any Sure-Jel or equivalent. Since I did add some in that first batch, this explains why it was so very, ummm, *thick* bordering on rubbery! No more pectin. :lol:

PhilaGardener April 23, 2018 06:25 AM

Great color!

NarnianGarden May 18, 2018 01:47 PM

Looks so good! I would gladly eat the seedy portion ;)

I had to look up the word 'ganache'... one learns something new every day.. I have dipped them in melted dark chocolate, so yummy.
Thankfully we can buy them here in a local supermarket..

No ground cherries plants (or any other Physalis) for me this year - no space anywhere... and the aphid /thrips invasion was horrible every time.

GoDawgs May 19, 2018 08:32 PM

Shame on me! I have six plants (3 Aunt Mary and 3 Pineapple) STILL in the six pack and getting leggy. I've gotta get them in the ground.... once I figure out where. It's been perfect transplant weather! ...hanging head in shame....:?

Tracydr May 27, 2020 06:50 AM

[QUOTE=Tracydr;260397]Mine never came up. Seed was fine last year so I don't know what happened.
The purple tomatillos look great![/QUOTE]

Forgot I’d even tried these back in 2012. I’m just now trying again with pineapple ground cherries. They germinated beautifully and look amazing in a little raised bed. I also have some green tomatillos looking good.
I may start some purple tomatillos. I have plenty of room and probably plenty of time for a later crop of them. I liked them a lot but when I grew them before we were in AZ and it got too hot that year before I got many fruits.


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