Snippet: Ground Cherries

Last week I received a produce delivery that was supposed to include ground cherries. I took out every item from the bag, but could not find my beloved cherries. Instead, there was a small bag of papery, lantern-like items that I thought I had received by mistake. I opened one and found what looked like a yellow cherry tomato. 

That left me scratching my head for a minute. 

Apparently there is a difference between ground cherries and Ground Cherries. Confused? I was at first. I mistakenly expected a bag of pitted, ground sweet cherries that would be perfect for baking. I received a bag of Ground Cherries, also known by their scientific name Physalis pruinosa, a fruit similar to that of a – wait for it – tomato. 

Ground Cherries are native to Central and South America and grow on a plant similar to a tomato vine. So why call it a cherry? Your guess is as good as mine. 

The flavor is different, but pleasant. It’s savory, yet sweeter than your average cherry tomato. It still has that pop I love, but with a more tropical feel. 

You can eat them raw, which is good because in an effort to find out what they were, I ate a few and passed them around the office until someone thought to Google them. Ahh. 

Here’s the cool part: you can use them in desserts, jellies, and even dip them in chocolate. Just like “real” cherries! So I guess I wasn’t too far off the mark. 

The moral here? Try new things – I can’t recommend it enough. There are so many great foods I’ve tried this year thanks to my weekly produce delivery from Field Goods. Foods that I, otherwise, wouldn’t have access to or even know about. 

Happy adventuring (and snacking)! 

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