Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry
((70 days) (Physalis Pruinosa) Ground cherries have been cultivated in North America since the 17th Century and were staples in the cuisine of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Aunt Molly's, an orange/yellow ground cherry, can be traced back to the Walter Schell seed company in the 1920's. The distinctive taste is hard to describe- some say it is reminiscent of tangerine, others pineapple, but it reminds us a little of lychee as well – you really have to taste them for yourself. Growing to 2' and spreading to 4', the plants produce copious amounts of fruit encased in papery husks. The fruit is ripe when it drops off the plant. Makes excellent pies, jam and is also very good for fresh eating. Easy to grow, like tomatillos, and there is plenty of seed to save. Will not cross with tomatillos, as they are related by different species.