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Growing Ground Cherries

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Ground Cherry or Husk Cherry

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Ground Cherries

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What’s That Fruit Ground Cherry

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How to Harvest Ground Cherries and Ensure Optimum Ripeness

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Ground Cherries: Gathering and Preparing

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Ground Cherries

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Harvesting Ground Cherry or Husk Cherry

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What’s That Fruit Ground Cherry

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How To Tell If Ground Cherries Are Ripe

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How to Harvest Ground Cherries and Ensure Optimum Ripeness

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Ground Cherries: Gathering and Preparing

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Ground cherries can be a sweet addition to salads, whether you use them as a tomato substitute or replacement for grapes, says Romano. Consider adding them to a Caprese salad for a tropical twist, mix them into a watermelon-avocado salad or create something original that incorporates ingredients you love. We’ve grown ground cherries for a decade in our garden, and I’ve grown them commercially for local restaurants as well. Ground cherries are native to Mexico and the southern United States.

They’re annual, heat-loving plants that die in late summer (in our zone, 7b) after they’re done producing hundreds of ground cherry fruits. As Food & Wine’s Kat Kinsman wrote, “Ground cherries are perfect eating when they’re ripe and raw—just husk and pop them in your mouth. A recent salad that paired late-summer Sungolds with ground cherries was a revelation to me, but they’re also an easy one-to-one. Advertisement Ground cherries are both seasonal and difficult to grow, which is why many people haven’t heard of them before or even know how to cook with the rare crop.

T The fact that they often fall to the ground – hence the name ground cherry – before ripening makes largescale production pretty much impossible. Ground cherries grow in paper-like husks. When they’re ripe, the husks start to turn brown and papery.

Some drop off of the plant on their own, so you harvestthem from the ground around the plants. That’s why they’re called ground cherries – they drop to the ground. Ground cherries are originally native to South and Central America, and Colombia still exports them, particularly to Europe. The fruit has been known in the US since the early 1800s, according to the Seed Saver Exchange, an organization that sells heirloom fruit and vegetable seeds and is dedicated Cto preserving heirloom species.

Ground Cherries require full sun and fairly warm to hot temperatures to grow, very much like tomatoes and peppers. They mature 60-80 days after transplanting depending on the variety. Ground Cherries are a nice looking plant, you can plant them in a flower garden close to the house, in a sheltered and sunny location. Ground Harvesting Method.

At full maturity, ground cherries drop to the ground. If you check your plants daily, picking them from the ground after they have fallen ensures the ripest fruits. The sweet and sometimes slightly tart flavor of husk cherries give them versatility to work in so many wonderful and different ways.

1. Brighten up your tarts, cakes and pies Used on their own or mixed with berries, husk cherries add a wonderful sweetness to desserts. Ground Cherries Nutrition Facts, Health Benefits of Ground Cherries. All about ground cherries nutrition facts, nutritional benefits of ground cherries, calories in ground cherries.

The ground cherry is also known as a cape gooseberry, physalis or poha. It is a small orange fruit inside a paper lantern.

List of related literature:

They are primarily cooking fruit and make good jam, though people with a strong palate may like to eat them straight off the tree.

“How to Make a Forest Garden” by Patrick Whitefield
from How to Make a Forest Garden
by Patrick Whitefield
Permanent Publications, 1996

They have a special flavor and unique tartness not found in other types of cherries.

“Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie” by Ken Haedrich
from Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie
by Ken Haedrich
Harvard Common Press, 2011

They are sweet and delicious, one of the most popular types of fruit in this area.

“Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples” by Nancy J. Turner, Professor of Environmental Studies Nancy J Turner
from Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples
by Nancy J. Turner, Professor of Environmental Studies Nancy J Turner
UBC Press, 1995

They are rather bland in taste and should be added to other fruit.

“Wilderness Camping & Hiking” by Paul Tawrell
from Wilderness Camping & Hiking
by Paul Tawrell
Globe Pequot Press, 2007

Sweet cherry production is showing an increase and there is more interest in varieties that are good for fresh consumption.

“Handbook of Fruits and Fruit Processing” by Nirmal Sinha, Jiwan Sidhu, Jozsef Barta, James Wu, M.Pilar Cano
from Handbook of Fruits and Fruit Processing
by Nirmal Sinha, Jiwan Sidhu, et. al.
Wiley, 2012

They are relatively sweet when fully ripe and can be used to make wines, syrups, and jellies.

“Landscaping with Native Plants of Wisconsin” by Lynn M. Steiner
from Landscaping with Native Plants of Wisconsin
by Lynn M. Steiner
Voyageur Press,

These are like cherries and have a pit which is somewhat larger than a cherry’s, and their shape and size are like cherries and their flavor good, sweet, and somewhat sharp.

“Natural and Moral History of the Indies” by José de Acosta, Jane E. Mangan, Frances Lopez-Morillas, Walter D. Mignolo
from Natural and Moral History of the Indies
by José de Acosta, Jane E. Mangan, et. al.
Duke University Press, 2002

By contrast, no research is underway on sweet cherries, a less economically significant crop intended primarily for roadside and local markets and one that organic growers frequently incorporate into their diversified production and marketing strategies.

“Remaking the North American Food System: Strategies for Sustainability” by C. Clare Hinrichs, Thomas A. Lyson
from Remaking the North American Food System: Strategies for Sustainability
by C. Clare Hinrichs, Thomas A. Lyson
University of Nebraska Press, 2007

My wife says it’s because they hate the taste of the berries and pass them on hoping to get a sweeter one, and of course there aren’t any—they’re all sour.

“Woodsong” by Gary Paulsen
from Woodsong
by Gary Paulsen
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007

They’re just not as sweet as sweet cherries.

“The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques” by Coleman, Melissa
from The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques
by Coleman, Melissa
Oxmoor House, Incorporated, 2018

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  • This is such an amazingly tasty fruit, and it’s surprisingly impossible to find seeds in brick and mortar nurseries. I had to buy the seeds online.

  • I’ll have to try again! I got them up to about two feet and the heat just killed them last year. I’ve got more fresh seed so I’ll try again. Thanks for the inspiration.:)

  • I’ve heard of ground cherries but haven’t seen any locally… Where did you get your seeds?? Are they annuals or perineals?? I’d love to grow them. I hear they are delicious!

  • Take the unripe fruit and put it with fruits that put off high ethylene gas like bananas and strawberries it will help to ripen the fruit much quicker

  • These are similar to a weed where I came from. We called them “poppin bags”. Hold them by the stem. Slam them into the cupped palm your other hand and they pop.

  • Have them growing here. Didn’t know what they were/are. Come spring I’m digging them up and moving them to a raised bed in the garden. Hope they come back, chickens really did a number on the flower bed last year. Love watching and learning. God bless

  • I make ground cherry salsa, so good! Sweet and hot. Ground cherries, jalapeno, onion, garlic, little salt, & lime juice. I imagine you could use whatever you want and experiment with it to your tasting.

  • Heidi, you are such an inspiration. I love blending different fruits for butters. I was showing my husband how you grow your ground cherries in a raised bed. He said that’s a good idea to allow them to trail down & not grow flat on the ground. Did you start yours from seeds or plants? Are they annual or perennial? Thank you so much! YAHUAH IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!

  • Did you grow you plant from seed? If so, how did you germinate seeds? I bought a packet of seeds from nursery and they don`t seem to be germinating.

  • Bakers Creek Heirloom seeds have several kinds and available online. I grow mine in a 5 gal DWC indoors. Thanks for the tasting review!!!������ #nospillrevolution

  • I’m growing these for the first time and am already getting small fruits. Does the fruit get a little sweeter as the plant matures? The small ones I’ve tasted are kind of bland so far. I’ve only tried the ones that have fallen off the plants. My plants aren’t even a foot high yet.

  • I’ve heard of ground cherries but haven’t seen any locally… Where did you get your seeds?? Are they annuals or perineals?? I’d love to grow them. I hear they are delicious!

  • I have a 2 year old plant, zone 9b, and get very few. I over wintered the plants inside, and put hem ut in sprig should I let them die back in the winter?

  • Very, very cool Heidi!! I’ve never tried to grow ground cherries before. Now you have me wondering if they will grow here where we live…………..
    So Heidi did you mix the ground cherries with apples or is it just ground cherry butter?
    Thanks for sharing and take care-Debbie.

  • Nice! I just bought a lot of these seeds for this year. I live in the PNW and was wondering how they would do. I gave my mother a packet as well, I’ll share this with her!

  • every year I tell myself that i’m going to grow ground cherries and then I don’t. Ugh! thanks for sharing your video on them. i think 2017 will be the year i grow ground cherries!

  • Wow! Those sound delicious! I’ve seen these growing wild in Georgia but never realized they were edible! It’s good to know the tree is easy to grow! I might try it. How long does it take a tree to bear fruit that’s edible?

    I’m in the process of deciding what fruits to grow indoors. So far just have little lemon trees growing.

  • I read about ground cherries in the Little House books growing up, which prompted me to try, and grow them. From the research I have done, the unripe fruit is toxic. It is best to gather them, and wait until they darken, to a dark apricot color before eating for optimal flavor. You can store them in their husks, for a few weeks, freeze and dehydrate them. Did you puree, and can the apple butter, or leave it chunky?

  • didn’t know about these thanks, that’s my way of thinking about off grid life i am also trying to live off grid as much as i can, glad i found your channel =)

  • We have these growing wild all over our property! I just gathered a bowl full and plenty more and they are wild! So glad to find this way to preserve them!

  • I believe that ground cherries are also related to Tomatillos of husk tomatoes. difference is they are sweeter and the tomatillo is more green tomato like in taste. Try either in salsas or jams. or cook with them in stews. like you would a tomato… Bye the way love your apron. do you have a video showing how you make them. Ninette Birdwife

  • My 3rd year growing ground cherries. Love them too. Your video has great information and love how you go through the season with them and also show how you use them. very informative. thank you!

  • Hi Heidi! Just found your video while looking into Ground Cherries. We’re down in AZ now but I think they’d do well here too.
    Hope all is well there.

  • also known in SouthAmerica as “uvilla” packs a full ton of antioxidants, usually grows wild around these parts and you can eat them while trekking

  • Did you grow you plant from seed? If so, how did you germinate seeds? I bought a packet of seeds from nursery and they don`t seem to be germinating.

  • Dont be so stingy with accomodations ��…..put in several gallon pot.
    Its a pleasure to see a flourishing plant.
    And you would have a pile of fruit…..��
    I forgive you, you”re probably amature ��

  • thank you for sharing. I’m going to have to check into that. not sure if they’d grow in my colder climate. when canning for a jelly or jam do you need to mix them with other sweet fruits? I really like you winter kitchen. great idea.

  • awesome video, nice ground cherries I don’t think I ever heard of them before but I’m going to have to check them out, you and your husband are awesome people I hope and pray that you do get the place that you want very soon, you deserve it, I bet the cherries tasted awesome, God bless you and your family.

  • Indonesian name for that fruit is CIPLUK’AN there some species for that plant, fruit can be Yellow, Red and Orange, you must try KERES fruit,, Keres is the best tropical Chery

  • They look like tiny tomitillos. I have seeds but i havent germinated yet. Im in Houston i guess i still have time it stays hot here!

  • Good afternoon. Im a new subscriber. I really thought this was great. I had never tried them until I moved here in Ecuador. I’m going to add them to our homestead here. I’m looking forward to seeing your other video on planting them. I’m Ruthey the wife half of Amedeo Homestead. Hope to seeyojj over at our channel soon. Thanks again.

  • this plant is like wild grass in my country, they throw and cut it away from lands, it grows anywhere,
    but for me it tastes sweet i like to pick them when i meet anywhere beside the street or abandoned field and eat them instead

  • I read in the internet that eating them green like that is poisonous
    So they toxic when green.
    But when they get orange or bright yellow man just the smell.

  • I’m just guessing but maybe the fact that they’re indoors is making them drop the fruit early. I have grown these for years outdoors and probably 90% of all the fruit that drops is ripe. Even when the husk is a little green, and not fully dry the fruit tends to be ripe. Thanks for making this video.

  • thank you for sharing. I’m going to have to check into that. not sure if they’d grow in my colder climate. when canning for a jelly or jam do you need to mix them with other sweet fruits? I really like you winter kitchen. great idea.

  • I have never heard of these! They look sooo good. I have got to look into them. As always, great video. Thank you so much! Have a blessed day!

  • I planted some Aunt Molly’s ground cherry seeds this year from migardener and something went wrong. My ground cherries are the size of golf balls and taste gross! They’re definitely not tomatillos.

  • I’ll have to try again! I got them up to about two feet and the heat just killed them last year. I’ve got more fresh seed so I’ll try again. Thanks for the inspiration.:)

  • Heidi, I’ve never figured out if these are tomatoes or fruit? Whenever I look them up some say tomatoes and some say fruit. I’ve had seeds for them but was unsuccessful. I want to try again. Are they fruit or tomatoes? (I do realize that tomatoes are actually fruit.)

  • hello, I just searched the internet and it told me tomatillo and ground cherry are not the same thing… as some comments suggest. also, I do not believe this is called gooseberry. gooseberry looks more like small grapes, grows on a thorny shrub

  • every year I tell myself that i’m going to grow ground cherries and then I don’t. Ugh! thanks for sharing your video on them. i think 2017 will be the year i grow ground cherries!

  • Bakers Creek Heirloom seeds have several kinds and available online. I grow mine in a 5 gal DWC indoors. Thanks for the tasting review!!!������ #nospillrevolution

  • khang awesome review on the ground cherries and I’m happy you liked them�� this is going to be a crazy season for me I have over 25 of these plants growing lol

  • @KhangStarr
    First of all, I wish to thank you, again for the 2017 Holiday Giveaway. I was lucky enough to win your Crimson Bonnet Pepper Seeds, as well as, some Ground Cherry Seeds. I started seeds from both of the aforementioned seed types you sent me. Once I noticed that the ground cherry seeds had sprouted a few days ago, it sparked my interest to do more research on them. It turns out, ground cherries, while very tasty by most accounts, are of the nightshade family, as are tomatoes and tomatillos. In addition, it’s claimed that the ground cherries are highly toxic to both people and animals, if they are eaten before fully ripe. In this video, you do recommend people eat the ripe ones and not the green ones, but state that it’s okay to eat the green ones. I’ve done hours of research on this, and I would not advise anyone to eat the green ones. I will only be eating the yellow yellowish/orange that fall from the plant. Just my 2 cents. Thanks again for the cool seeds!

  • here we have a couple of different plants that look identical to that, one is just like yours, probably the same, the other is a vine, but the fruit is identical. has the husk, turns orange when ripe etc.

  • Can anyone tell me what the process is for germinating these tiny little seeds? can you use just regular seed starter mix under grow lights? How long do they take to germinate?

  • I have a 2 year old plant, zone 9b, and get very few. I over wintered the plants inside, and put hem ut in sprig should I let them die back in the winter?

  • These are similar to a weed where I came from. We called them “poppin bags”. Hold them by the stem. Slam them into the cupped palm your other hand and they pop.

  • Never seen or heard of them. Are they similar to the Physalis (Chinese Gooseberry) or is the only similarity te papery husk? P.s. I like your hair all gathered off your face like that.

  • I read about ground cherries in the Little House books growing up, which prompted me to try, and grow them. From the research I have done, the unripe fruit is toxic. It is best to gather them, and wait until they darken, to a dark apricot color before eating for optimal flavor. You can store them in their husks, for a few weeks, freeze and dehydrate them. Did you puree, and can the apple butter, or leave it chunky?

  • In Pakistan these are wild weeds that I sometimes eat. They are nice weed fruit. But looking at someone taking care of it is laughable for me.

  • Maybe you should grow a big one next season and make a really exclusive hotsauce with some gentle chilies? Maybe Scotch Bonnet? Or some fruity chili? Im trying to start some seeds from fruit i bought in the local shop, but no sign of growth after three days yet

  • Dont be so stingy with accomodations ��…..put in several gallon pot.
    Its a pleasure to see a flourishing plant.
    And you would have a pile of fruit…..��
    I forgive you, you”re probably amature ��

  • I’ve never knew that this fruit is as healthy… my place here in Mizoram(north east India) we can find in any coner of our garden somehow it disturb our vegitables..no need to plant rather we cut them off…I knew it can be eaten but i content less sugar and to much of seeds that made me unfavor to it.. But i’ve seen how healthy it is from youtube uploaded by further civilised people i have to value it and eat as much as i can to stay healthy,wealthy✌��

  • Beautiful ground cherries, @zaneymay! We’ll have to try growing them again next year. I started ours too early this year in the grow room and then transplanted them into the garden too early. ;-(

  • here in Italy they call them Alchechengi. Try them dipped in hot chocolate like this https://www.giardinaggio.it/erboristeria/piante-medicinali/alchechengi_NG9.jpg
    Love your channel 😉

  • I grew these years ago. We used them in salsa. I never thought to use them in apple butter. THANKS for the reminder of these little jewels!

  • Yes! They grow everywhere in our place too…canefields,ricefields,along the road and even in ditches…I love to eat them fresh…so, juicy…

  • Thanks for the vid. I have a bushy plant that came up near a tomato plant, I was sure it was small tomatillos but now I think it may be these cherries. Your fingernails look fabulous.

  • In Mexico thats a green tomate or tomatillo, you can make a “salsa” if you mix, tomatillo, avocado, onion, green peppers and cilantro XD

  • I know they are called golden berry, in spanish it has many names like Aguaymanto, in the peruvian andes capulí, Uvilla, poga poga or puchi-puchi

  • also known in SouthAmerica as “uvilla” packs a full ton of antioxidants, usually grows wild around these parts and you can eat them while trekking

  • I never knew this is call chery and can be eaten. we have alot in our garden which is grown by its own so we afraid to eat it.but not after watching this video.

  • These are native to my country (Colombia… We have a ridiculous variety of fruits I love going) they are called “uchuva” (OOH CHOO BAH) but they are also called goldenberries (my favorite) and Peruvian ground cherries. I love them!!!! So delicious �� Ann’s explosive in nutrition

  • khang awesome review on the ground cherries and I’m happy you liked them�� this is going to be a crazy season for me I have over 25 of these plants growing lol

  • I used to grow them you can make jam, jelly, ketchup, pie, and so much more. but they all died cuz of the drought last year here in Texas including my bhut jalokias and my reapers.

  • They are also known as Golden Berries, I bought some that were organic from Columbia. They were sweet and tart. Probably nothing tastes as good as when you grow it yourself. I will be trying to grow some this summer, great video.

  • They are also known as Golden Berries, I bought some that were organic from Columbia. They were sweet and tart. Probably nothing tastes as good as when you grow it yourself. I will be trying to grow some this summer, great video.

  • I make ground cherry salsa, so good! Sweet and hot. Ground cherries, jalapeno, onion, garlic, little salt, & lime juice. I imagine you could use whatever you want and experiment with it to your tasting.

  • I never had any idea these were edible, they grow wild where I live. The ones I’ve seen turn orange in their husk before they even fall off. I think it’s still the same plant though. Great review!

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  • Wow!! I’m pleasantly surprized to see you, Khang. I have watched so many indoor growing vids of yours, but you never showed your face:)

  • I am growing these for the first time this year, and my plants have been producing TONS, but the problem I’m having is the husks will turn beige/brown and then fall to the ground on their own, but a lot of them are still greenish when I open them. I’ve read that green GCs are toxic, and I can’t figure out how to ripen them. Any suggestions?

  • They are commonly known as Rasbhari in India and are available only for 3 to 4 weeks starting early march. Very Nice Golden Berry.

  • try a hanging pot next time to have the vines off the ground might last longer in the season your plants were way longer than any i’ve seen.

  • Those are not gooseberries. Gooseberries are a deep orange and not that sweet, but are very good. Tangy, and a bit sour with a very original unique flavor.

  • awesome video, nice ground cherries I don’t think I ever heard of them before but I’m going to have to check them out, you and your husband are awesome people I hope and pray that you do get the place that you want very soon, you deserve it, I bet the cherries tasted awesome, God bless you and your family.

  • Have them growing here. Didn’t know what they were/are. Come spring I’m digging them up and moving them to a raised bed in the garden. Hope they come back, chickens really did a number on the flower bed last year. Love watching and learning. God bless

  • here we have a couple of different plants that look identical to that, one is just like yours, probably the same, the other is a vine, but the fruit is identical. has the husk, turns orange when ripe etc.

  • Indonesian name for that fruit is CIPLUK’AN there some species for that plant, fruit can be Yellow, Red and Orange, you must try KERES fruit,, Keres is the best tropical Chery

  • I tried to grow ground cherries hydroponically. I ended up having them grow to a few inches. But then I had to transplant them to small pots. If I left them in the hydroponic solution, [masterblend], they would slowly die. My start was 10 gallons with several plants, 150 watt led and the blend solution was proportioned to what tomatoes would take. I wonder what might be the problem?

  • I got my seed on ebay.  I figured these plants would get about 3 foot tall but now, at the end of July 2015, they are almost five foot tall and spread out too!  I have found them to be pest free except for very slight Japanese beetle damage.   Best of all they are easy, fast growers,  prolific, sweet and tasty.  You’ve got to wonder why they are not more widely grown.  And with their long shelf life, why aren’t they commonly sold in produce departments?  I’m going to search for your recipes now: )

  • I believe that ground cherries are also related to Tomatillos of husk tomatoes. difference is they are sweeter and the tomatillo is more green tomato like in taste. Try either in salsas or jams. or cook with them in stews. like you would a tomato… Bye the way love your apron. do you have a video showing how you make them. Ninette Birdwife

  • Hi mate. Loved your vids ever since the kratky milk formula tubs uploads! Do you recall the variety of Ground Cherries you grew? I grew 2 large plants this year with lots of fruit but the berries grew individually on each node. Your plant appears to have multiple berries on the nodes.

  • wow im so happy i bought a pack of these seeds!! i have a very short grow season.. june to sept 15 at best so im sure they will give me a challenge But i will start them now so i can grow them indoors for a good 2 months before placing outside.
    thanks for this great and informative video i really enjoyed it. cheers

  • Very, very cool Heidi!! I’ve never tried to grow ground cherries before. Now you have me wondering if they will grow here where we live…………..
    So Heidi did you mix the ground cherries with apples or is it just ground cherry butter?
    Thanks for sharing and take care-Debbie.

  • Good afternoon. Im a new subscriber. I really thought this was great. I had never tried them until I moved here in Ecuador. I’m going to add them to our homestead here. I’m looking forward to seeing your other video on planting them. I’m Ruthey the wife half of Amedeo Homestead. Hope to seeyojj over at our channel soon. Thanks again.

  • Thanks for this video! I had to watch 10 videos just to find out what they taste like! thank you for the great detail! I can’t wait to try these!

  • My Dad grew these and made jam and wine,before he passed. He taught all of us how to do a lot of what people have forgotten. Thank you for bringing back some great memories.
    All my best and God Bless.
    Bobby

  • this plant is like wild grass in my country, they throw and cut it away from lands, it grows anywhere,
    but for me it tastes sweet i like to pick them when i meet anywhere beside the street or abandoned field and eat them instead

  • I’m growing these for the first time and am already getting small fruits. Does the fruit get a little sweeter as the plant matures? The small ones I’ve tasted are kind of bland so far. I’ve only tried the ones that have fallen off the plants. My plants aren’t even a foot high yet.

  • hello, I just searched the internet and it told me tomatillo and ground cherry are not the same thing… as some comments suggest. also, I do not believe this is called gooseberry. gooseberry looks more like small grapes, grows on a thorny shrub

  • I planted some Aunt Molly’s ground cherry seeds this year from migardener and something went wrong. My ground cherries are the size of golf balls and taste gross! They’re definitely not tomatillos.

  • In Pakistan these are wild weeds that I sometimes eat. They are nice weed fruit. But looking at someone taking care of it is laughable for me.

  • I receive notifications when you post a new video and I am so grateful for that. You create the most beautiful, rustic and real content I have ever seen or heard here on YT, TV or radio. Thank You for that and God Bless You Always

  • I used to grow them you can make jam, jelly, ketchup, pie, and so much more. but they all died cuz of the drought last year here in Texas including my bhut jalokias and my reapers.

  • We have these growing wild all over our property! I just gathered a bowl full and plenty more and they are wild! So glad to find this way to preserve them!

  • I have never heard of these! They look sooo good. I have got to look into them. As always, great video. Thank you so much! Have a blessed day!

  • Is that a cossak pine apple? I hear they are not so a tart and have more sugar than other ground cherries….

    Does it smothe r the weeds pretty good?

  • Maybe you should grow a big one next season and make a really exclusive hotsauce with some gentle chilies? Maybe Scotch Bonnet? Or some fruity chili? Im trying to start some seeds from fruit i bought in the local shop, but no sign of growth after three days yet

  • I’m just guessing but maybe the fact that they’re indoors is making them drop the fruit early. I have grown these for years outdoors and probably 90% of all the fruit that drops is ripe. Even when the husk is a little green, and not fully dry the fruit tends to be ripe. Thanks for making this video.

  • I have them too.in fine sand soil with compost, they grow with more berries.more than 500 berries per plant.I love the taste and sweetness of the berries.I noticed too that the sweet berriies help our body to heal and rejuvenate When taken regularly.Ground cherries are more superior than other berries and very easy to grow! I called it Balutian Cherry.I loved them.

  • These are native to my country (Colombia… We have a ridiculous variety of fruits I love going) they are called “uchuva” (OOH CHOO BAH) but they are also called goldenberries (my favorite) and Peruvian ground cherries. I love them!!!! So delicious �� and explosive in nutrition

  • Nice! I just bought a lot of these seeds for this year. I live in the PNW and was wondering how they would do. I gave my mother a packet as well, I’ll share this with her!

  • I read in the internet that eating them green like that is poisonous
    So they toxic when green.
    But when they get orange or bright yellow man just the smell.

  • I grew these years ago. We used them in salsa. I never thought to use them in apple butter. THANKS for the reminder of these little jewels!

  • So that’s what ground cherries are!! we call them Cape gooseberries. I was so surprised this year when they popped up in one of my pots that I didn’t plant. Turns out they came back from last year’s plants that I thought had died. Unusual considering the snowy blasts we had in March. I have heard that they are perennial in warmer or more sheltered positions but truly, I didn’t even know they were still in there and viable, and were fully exposed to our last winter. Who knew!?!

  • I receive notifications when you post a new video and I am so grateful for that. You create the most beautiful, rustic and real content I have ever seen or heard here on YT, TV or radio. Thank You for that and God Bless You Always

  • I know they are called golden berry, in spanish it has many names like Aguaymanto, in the peruvian andes capulí, Uvilla, poga poga or puchi-puchi

  • Heidi, I’ve never figured out if these are tomatoes or fruit? Whenever I look them up some say tomatoes and some say fruit. I’ve had seeds for them but was unsuccessful. I want to try again. Are they fruit or tomatoes? (I do realize that tomatoes are actually fruit.)

  • Hi mate. Loved your vids ever since the kratky milk formula tubs uploads! Do you recall the variety of Ground Cherries you grew? I grew 2 large plants this year with lots of fruit but the berries grew individually on each node. Your plant appears to have multiple berries on the nodes.

  • Those are not gooseberries. Gooseberries are a deep orange and not that sweet, but are very good. Tangy, and a bit sour with a very original unique flavor.

  • I never had any idea these were edible, they grow wild where I live. The ones I’ve seen turn orange in their husk before they even fall off. I think it’s still the same plant though. Great review!

  • These are native to my country (Colombia… We have a ridiculous variety of fruits I love going) they are called “uchuva” (OOH CHOO BAH) but they are also called goldenberries (my favorite) and Peruvian ground cherries. I love them!!!! So delicious �� and explosive in nutrition

  • in all your videos I think this is the first time we’ve seen the man behind the camera. ordered these seeds from seedsavers a bit ago, now motivated to grow them:)

  • Thanks for this video! I had to watch 10 videos just to find out what they taste like! thank you for the great detail! I can’t wait to try these!

  • Interesting, here’s what one guide said about ripeness:
    “The ground cherries have the peculiar characteristic of falling to the ground before they are ripe. Simply gather them up after they drop and keep them at room temperature in a basket without removing their husks. In a week or less, their color will deepen from light yellow to the warm apricot gold that signals ripeness.
    You can continue to store ground cherries in their husks, and they will stay fresh for up to three months if placed in a mesh bag and kept in a cool place (50 degrees).”

  • This is such an amazingly tasty fruit, and it’s surprisingly impossible to find seeds in brick and mortar nurseries. I had to buy the seeds online.

  • Yes, God is good all the time! ��. I’ve tried golden berry (physalis peruviana) and can’t quite describe the taste but is really sweet. I bought physalis pruinosa ground cherries seeds abs can’t wait to try them and see what it tastes like compared to golden berry.

  • So that’s what ground cherries are!! we call them Cape gooseberries. I was so surprised this year when they popped up in one of my pots that I didn’t plant. Turns out they came back from last year’s plants that I thought had died. Unusual considering the snowy blasts we had in March. I have heard that they are perennial in warmer or more sheltered positions but truly, I didn’t even know they were still in there and viable, and were fully exposed to our last winter. Who knew!?!

  • Thanks for the great video. Does anyone have an idea of why the cherries would be falling off the vine if they are not ripe yet? This is my first time growing ground cherries and the plants look great, but the pod is only slightly yellow and they are falling off. The fruit inside is still green.

  • didn’t know about these thanks, that’s my way of thinking about off grid life i am also trying to live off grid as much as i can, glad i found your channel =)

  • Just another plant to add to my list of I wanna try that… I’ve got a special book that I keep on hand for when I watch your videos… I have it sectioned off for herbs and plants, fruits, veggies… etc… so far.. I think I’m gonna need a bigger book and 300 + acres… LOL LOVE YOUR VIDEOS!!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us! And please tell Mr. Rain thank you as well for sharing his knowledge with us too.. I enjoyed his refurbish of the drill press..

  • My channel is growing slowly, but I’ll gain a few subscribers every week. Could you give me a shout out next video? It would really help. Thanks! Great information in your videos!

  • Just another plant to add to my list of I wanna try that… I’ve got a special book that I keep on hand for when I watch your videos… I have it sectioned off for herbs and plants, fruits, veggies… etc… so far.. I think I’m gonna need a bigger book and 300 + acres… LOL LOVE YOUR VIDEOS!!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us! And please tell Mr. Rain thank you as well for sharing his knowledge with us too.. I enjoyed his refurbish of the drill press..

  • Hi Heidi! Just found your video while looking into Ground Cherries. We’re down in AZ now but I think they’d do well here too.
    Hope all is well there.

  • here in Italy they call them Alchechengi. Try them dipped in hot chocolate like this https://www.giardinaggio.it/erboristeria/piante-medicinali/alchechengi_NG9.jpg
    Love your channel 😉

  • Thank you for the video. My daughter gave me two ground cherry plants (unknown variety) for Mother’s Day and we’ve been enjoying them all summer. Now that nights in my zone 5 area are getting into the 40’s my gc’s are turning white at the tips and I don’t know if the green ones have enough time to mature. I tried maturing the green fallen ones that get bumped off early and they never seem to sweeten. I’m crossing fingers that they’ll self-seed next year if they make it through the winter.

  • These are native to my country (Colombia… We have a ridiculous variety of fruits I love going) they are called “uchuva” (OOH CHOO BAH) but they are also called goldenberries (my favorite) and Peruvian ground cherries. I love them!!!! So delicious �� Ann’s explosive in nutrition

  • In indonesia this fruit fruit fruit ciplukan fruit herbal can overcome various kinds of diseases of stem, leaf, root and fruit are all useful in indonesia in this fruit 1kg 60.000 rupaih / 5 $

  • In Denmark they are sold as “Pineapple cherry”.I tried to grow some from seeds but I think I was a little early and the light wasn’t good enough. I think I’ll give it another try, now that my last peppers have been moved to bigger pots.

  • Wow! Those sound delicious! I’ve seen these growing wild in Georgia but never realized they were edible! It’s good to know the tree is easy to grow! I might try it. How long does it take a tree to bear fruit that’s edible?

    I’m in the process of deciding what fruits to grow indoors. So far just have little lemon trees growing.

  • Don’t take some idea and make fun of it i was just trying to help by giving some ideas you said and showed they fell over. But if i do it and it works i sure will make a video and show you they are a vine just like tomato or any other vine veggie. Have a great day. And happy gardening. GeeSee

  • They look like tiny tomitillos. I have seeds but i havent germinated yet. Im in Houston i guess i still have time it stays hot here!

  • aye Physalis:)

    i planted few of those into couple of 15L containers (mix of rock and soil 50/50 with rocks up just to try it out)…..they grew like 2m high with huge leaves and plenty of fruits. They like water a lot, but I was often using my hydro mix leftover with high nitrogen and that might be why they went high and into big leaves. maybe if they were smaller they would give more fruit:P

    but never the less, interesting plant….before winter i cut them all down to like 5cm from the bottom, no leaves. wanted to throw them away, but was lazy and left them in my unheated greenhouse in a corner to do it in a spring. from 6 containers, 2 of them started to grow again and produce fruits again. but they didn’t survive next winter:)

  • In Denmark they are sold as “Pineapple cherry”.I tried to grow some from seeds but I think I was a little early and the light wasn’t good enough. I think I’ll give it another try, now that my last peppers have been moved to bigger pots.

  • Wow!! I’m pleasantly surprized to see you, Khang. I have watched so many indoor growing vids of yours, but you never showed your face:)

  • Do you know what would cause the fruits to not ripen? I had hundreds of these and they stayed green for months. Not 1 lantern ripened even though most fell to the ground.

  • ty,..i love your channel!,..btw, i cant beleive i never heard of ground cherries,..at first looking at the thumbnail before the vid i thought they were mayapples,..lol…gby!

  • They are commonly known as Rasbhari in India and are available only for 3 to 4 weeks starting early march. Very Nice Golden Berry.

  • In Mexico thats a green tomate or tomatillo, you can make a “salsa” if you mix, tomatillo, avocado, onion, green peppers and cilantro XD

  • Thank you for the video. My daughter gave me two ground cherry plants (unknown variety) for Mother’s Day and we’ve been enjoying them all summer. Now that nights in my zone 5 area are getting into the 40’s my gc’s are turning white at the tips and I don’t know if the green ones have enough time to mature. I tried maturing the green fallen ones that get bumped off early and they never seem to sweeten. I’m crossing fingers that they’ll self-seed next year if they make it through the winter.

  • These make the best pies in the world!! We got about 8 pies from them last year, plus we make jam as well. It is all incredibly tasty, and we grow about 40 plants. I put landscape fabric down and then plant them that way, because it makes it easier to collect them from the fabric than it is to collect from the wet ground. They are cleaner that way too. =)

  • I’m growing these for the first time, New Hanover variety! The packet says it’s Physalis Pruinosa. I tried golden berry for the first time a few weeks ago abs the package said it was Physalis Peruviana and I loved the taste. It’ll be interesting to see how the taste of the New Hanover variety.

  • Ground cherry? Husk cherry? Golden berry? Ingkan berry? Gooseberry? Tomatillo? Whatever the name is, it’s still the same plant…in my place sarawak(malaysia) we call it gaguntur, and it grow by itself wildly and was considered as weeds

  • My channel is growing slowly, but I’ll gain a few subscribers every week. Could you give me a shout out next video? It would really help. Thanks! Great information in your videos!

  • @KhangStarr
    First of all, I wish to thank you, again for the 2017 Holiday Giveaway. I was lucky enough to win your Crimson Bonnet Pepper Seeds, as well as, some Ground Cherry Seeds. I started seeds from both of the aforementioned seed types you sent me. Once I noticed that the ground cherry seeds had sprouted a few days ago, it sparked my interest to do more research on them. It turns out, ground cherries, while very tasty by most accounts, are of the nightshade family, as are tomatoes and tomatillos. In addition, it’s claimed that the ground cherries are highly toxic to both people and animals, if they are eaten before fully ripe. In this video, you do recommend people eat the ripe ones and not the green ones, but state that it’s okay to eat the green ones. I’ve done hours of research on this, and I would not advise anyone to eat the green ones. I will only be eating the yellow yellowish/orange that fall from the plant. Just my 2 cents. Thanks again for the cool seeds!

  • Awesome! I had no idea you could make so many things from this one berry. Infant even tried the before we moved here in Ecuador. They are delicious. I’d like to know more about th germination process. Thanks.

  • Heidi, I finally have my ground cherries growing and making fruit for the first time in trying for several years. I had to enhance my soil with rabbit manure, black mushroom compost, and composted leaves, bark, and kitchen scraps. Right now, I am so excited as I have about 30 plants that are maybe 2 2 1/2 feet tall with lots of ground cherries on them. I have a little bug that has punctured all of the leaves (it looks terrible) but the ground cherries keep growing and making fruit anyway. (Seeds from rareseeds.com) I have wanted these to grow so badly for about 5 or 6 years and finally, they are here! I live in zone 9. Are your ground cherries perennial? I also wanted to mention how much you have grown in the almost 4 years since you’ve made this video. Your smile and joy and technique are always there now when you make a video. When I did a search on YouTube for ground cherries, yours was the second video that came up (which often happens when I do a search.):D Oh and I was tickled to see that you and I have a very similar woodstove for cooking. This was my stove in the living room and 2 years ago, I had my husband and son switch stoves because I was convinced I could use this one for cooking. My husband didn’t believe me. Well now, I cook some of the BEST food on this stove ever. Something about the wood burn and the slow consistent heat in my pots especially the cast iron for stews. However, unlike you, our climate only permits me to use the stove for about 3 4 months per year. With the Grand Solar Minimum, I’m kind of hoping that I get more use out of it. Always so thankful for your videos!

  • My Dad grew these and made jam and wine,before he passed. He taught all of us how to do a lot of what people have forgotten. Thank you for bringing back some great memories.
    All my best and God Bless.
    Bobby

  • Heidi, I finally have my ground cherries growing and making fruit for the first time in trying for several years. I had to enhance my soil with rabbit manure, black mushroom compost, and composted leaves, bark, and kitchen scraps. Right now, I am so excited as I have about 30 plants that are maybe 2 2 1/2 feet tall with lots of ground cherries on them. I have a little bug that has punctured all of the leaves (it looks terrible) but the ground cherries keep growing and making fruit anyway. (Seeds from rareseeds.com) I have wanted these to grow so badly for about 5 or 6 years and finally, they are here! I live in zone 9. Are your ground cherries perennial? I also wanted to mention how much you have grown in the almost 4 years since you’ve made this video. Your smile and joy and technique are always there now when you make a video. When I did a search on YouTube for ground cherries, yours was the second video that came up (which often happens when I do a search.):D Oh and I was tickled to see that you and I have a very similar woodstove for cooking. This was my stove in the living room and 2 years ago, I had my husband and son switch stoves because I was convinced I could use this one for cooking. My husband didn’t believe me. Well now, I cook some of the BEST food on this stove ever. Something about the wood burn and the slow consistent heat in my pots especially the cast iron for stews. However, unlike you, our climate only permits me to use the stove for about 3 4 months per year. With the Grand Solar Minimum, I’m kind of hoping that I get more use out of it. Always so thankful for your videos!

  • In indonesia this fruit fruit fruit ciplukan fruit herbal can overcome various kinds of diseases of stem, leaf, root and fruit are all useful in indonesia in this fruit 1kg 60.000 rupaih / 5 $

  • Yes, God is good all the time! ��. I’ve tried golden berry (physalis peruviana) and can’t quite describe the taste but is really sweet. I bought physalis pruinosa ground cherries seeds abs can’t wait to try them and see what it tastes like compared to golden berry.

  • Tomatoes need heat to ripen off the vine, and since these are a solanacea I would suspect that they would ripen better with heat, so try leaving them in the garage for a week.

  • Great video thanks for sharing. Have you tried to harvest seeds from them? I’m wondering if I should attempt to like tomato seeds….

  • I tried to grow ground cherries hydroponically. I ended up having them grow to a few inches. But then I had to transplant them to small pots. If I left them in the hydroponic solution, [masterblend], they would slowly die. My start was 10 gallons with several plants, 150 watt led and the blend solution was proportioned to what tomatoes would take. I wonder what might be the problem?

  • thanks for the information… this is my first year planting these… the little flowers & fruit pods are so unique…I especially like that the cherries are wrapped & won’t need to be cleaned…

  • ty,..i love your channel!,..btw, i cant beleive i never heard of ground cherries,..at first looking at the thumbnail before the vid i thought they were mayapples,..lol…gby!

  • in all your videos I think this is the first time we’ve seen the man behind the camera. ordered these seeds from seedsavers a bit ago, now motivated to grow them:)

  • Yes! They grow everywhere in our place too…canefields,ricefields,along the road and even in ditches…I love to eat them fresh…so, juicy…

  • Good information on all things Ground Cherry, even dehydrating them to. I won’t blanch them first. Chinese Lantern grows in zone 5.

  • Never seen or heard of them. Are they similar to the Physalis (Chinese Gooseberry) or is the only similarity te papery husk? P.s. I like your hair all gathered off your face like that.

  • Did the ground cherry come back from the frost that killed it? I am in zone 9b, and mine doesn’t put out the fruit, and doesn’t like the sun…although I have them in pots too.

  • Heidi, you are such an inspiration. I love blending different fruits for butters. I was showing my husband how you grow your ground cherries in a raised bed. He said that’s a good idea to allow them to trail down & not grow flat on the ground. Did you start yours from seeds or plants? Are they annual or perennial? Thank you so much! YAHUAH IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!

  • I am growing these for the first time this year, and my plants have been producing TONS, but the problem I’m having is the husks will turn beige/brown and then fall to the ground on their own, but a lot of them are still greenish when I open them. I’ve read that green GCs are toxic, and I can’t figure out how to ripen them. Any suggestions?

  • Have you tried cape gooseberry seeds or another variety from baker creek? I’m currently growing the New Hanover variety and can’t wait to try it. I bought Goldenberries from the store and they are so sweet and delicious. Not sure which variety it is and I planted some of its seeds so I can compare with New Hanover. Hoping the seeds I bought are as good trading as the goldenberries i tasted from the store!

  • aye Physalis:)

    i planted few of those into couple of 15L containers (mix of rock and soil 50/50 with rocks up just to try it out)…..they grew like 2m high with huge leaves and plenty of fruits. They like water a lot, but I was often using my hydro mix leftover with high nitrogen and that might be why they went high and into big leaves. maybe if they were smaller they would give more fruit:P

    but never the less, interesting plant….before winter i cut them all down to like 5cm from the bottom, no leaves. wanted to throw them away, but was lazy and left them in my unheated greenhouse in a corner to do it in a spring. from 6 containers, 2 of them started to grow again and produce fruits again. but they didn’t survive next winter:)

  • Thanks for the video. I’m growing these because people say they’re so good, but I also thought they were more like a fruit or berry. Kinda disappointed because I don’t think I’ll like them either. Oh well