Ground Cherry, Physalis Peruviana Starter Live Plants - 4 Seedlings
Ground Cherry, also known as Cape Gooseberries. The plants and fruits resemble tomatillos, with each fruit growing inside a papery husk called a calyx. But fruits mature to a golden orange colour, and drop to the ground when ripe. The sweet little fruits will store for up to three months if kept in their husks, but you’ll want to use them faster than that in jams, fruit salads, and sauce.
Plant Type: Fruit
Fruit Size: 1"
Grows Best In: Full Sun
Days to Maturity: 70 Days
Growth Type: Summer
Seedling Spacing: Sow 24" apart in rows
When and How to Harvest:
The fruits must be fully ripe to be edible. At maturity, the husks of fruits become dry and papery, and the fruits drop from the plants. Mature fruits should be collected from the ground after they have fallen. The husk is inedible and must be removed.
Ground cherries can be eaten fresh, processed into jam, and baked into pies. Their distinctive, sweet-tart taste lends itself to preserves, sauces, and tarts.
Compared to many fleshy fruits, ripe ground cherries have a long shelf life and can be held for several weeks, for both eating and seed saving.