About: Some say they’re citrus-like, some say they have the resemblance of a strawberry- either way they’re tart and delicious! Once extracted from its lantern-like husk, this cherry-sized fruit may be eaten raw or used in salads, desserts, or jams. The cherries can also be dried and eaten like raisins. Also called gooseberries or golden cherries.
Nutritional Information: Ground cherries are an excellent source of vitamins A and C. They are cholesterol free, sodium free, and a good source of potassium and fiber.
Storage: Keep ground cherries unwashed in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Rinse before eating.
Tips: To dry the fruit, cut off the buds, split across the tops and scoop out the seeds. Boil a mixture of sugar and water, then throw in the seeded berries. Let simmer around five to seven minutes. When berries look clear and feel tender, lift them out and drain the syrup. Dry in a cool stove, oven or by a sunny window.
Quick Fix: Throw ground cherries into a mix of cherry tomatoes and other poppable, berry-sized fruits and vegetables for a low fat snack.