Friday, August 12, 2011
have you ever tried a ground cherry? if not you are in for a treat. a sweet treat!
a relative of the tomatillo, they are a little bit smaller than a cherry tomato and when ripe are a pale golden yellow. they have a hint of tomato but are much sweeter and quite fruity.
when i first tried them i was surprised with the taste and couldn’t quite describe it. and then realized how tropical they tasted. they taste a little like a pineapple with a touch of vanilla. i have grown to like them very much and there is something about pulling away that little paper skin, just like a candy wrapper.
harvesting ground cherries is fun and easy. just shake the plant and the ripe ones fall into puddles onto the ground.
today I made a simple salsa with them.
1 large handful of ground cherries cut in half
2 large handfuls of 2 different kinds of cherry tomatoes
1 clove of garlic minced
1 cup of roasted corn
3 or 4 sprigs of cilantro or basil chopped (my cilantro is petering out so I used basil)
squeeze juice of one lime over mixture along with ¼ cup olive oil.
Salt to taste.
p.s. i am excited to announce that next week will be a week of guests here at tend.