One of our goals here at Intervale Green is to get families interested in learning about growing and eating fresh food. A pretty transparent strategy in achieving this goal is to plant things that children will like to eat. We planted ground cherries this year in hopes of proving that this strategy works. This week we harvested our first crop of ground cherries and while the first harvest is always small, it affords us something weird and delicious to get children to come to the harvest giveaway asking for more. The verdict: kids love ground cherries!
But what exactly are ground cherries? Ground cherries are a small fruit that grows inside a husk that looks like a paper lantern. They are native the the Americas and a member of the nightshade family, so they are cousins with tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplant and peppers but they taste nothing like these other vegetables! In harvesting them at Intervale Green this week, we found out that they are very popular in Guyana. At their ripest, they are orange and taste like a tomato mixed with a berry and a pineapple!??! Well we cannot really describe the taste, so you’ll just have to come harvest them or try them on Tuesdays at the Harvest Giveaway!