We try to grow something new every season. Not only is it a chance to try new things but it also keeps the garden interesting. This year, we grew ground cherries. To us, they taste like a cross between a pineapple and tomato. People either love the taste or hate it. But either way, it’s a fun fruit to try and it’s something you can’t find in your typical grocery store. Surprisingly to us, we found ground cherries pretty low maintenance and easy to grow.
The plants themselves grow pretty leggy. They don’t have too many leaves, but they do produce a good amount of ground cherries. They make our favorite list because when they are ripe the fruit drops to the ground in a protective loose husk – it takes the guesswork out of harvesting. It’s easy for kids to harvest and the fruit stays clean due to the outer husk. Then you can just pop off that husk and eat it like a cherry tomato!
The variety we grew this year was the Goldie Ground Cherry. It takes about as long to grow as a cherry tomato – 75 days. And of course, we tested it in the GreenStalk Gardening System with Happy Frog Potting Soil. We used an overhead automated watering system to keep it watered well since we are not here to take care of it on the weekends. If you are manually watering your GreenStalk, you may want to water your ground cherries daily or every other day since they grow best in the summer.
Have you grown ground cherries before? What do you think they taste like?
Cody Catherine Thomas