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What exactly are husk cherries?


Kids love these little pineapple tasting treats!


Husk cherries can be tricky to find; they aren't exactly grocery store material. You're most likely to find them at farmers markets, although  you're lucky they showed up at your CSA!


Husk cherries, also commonly referred to as ground cherries or husk tomatoes, are small pale orange fruits wrapped in a crinkly, paper-like husk. They look a little bit like small tomatillos. Their flavor is mild, yet quite sweet and very unique. I've heard them compared to a cross between a tomato and a pineapple. They're also quite similar to the cape gooseberry.


This post is an excerpt from Veggie Garden Remix by Niki Jabbour. 


 


Glorious Ground Cherries


THE FLAVOR OF a ripe ground cherry is comparable to pineapple with hints of cherry tomato and vanilla. It’s an unusual combination, but one that works. Occasionally, I’ll bite into an extra-ripe berry that almost tastes like butterscotch — sublime! Their sweet flavor is what earns them the nicknames “strawberry tomato” and “Cossack pineapple.” You can eat the fruits fresh or in salads, but you can also turn them into jam, pie, cobbler, or sauce for drizzling over ice cream or cheesecake. If you have a dehydrator, you can dry them and eat them like raisins.

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