New Hanover Ground Cherry CO
Little golden berry like fruits wrapped in a papery husk. This variety is sweet and fruity, with hints of pineapple. If you've only tasted tart versions of this fruit (often called caped gooseberries), then prepare yourself for a whole new experience! We love to sample them at markets and watch peoples faces light up when they discover how uniquely delicious they are.
We mostly snack them fresh, but make incredible additions to jams, pies, and syrups. They are also welcome additions to salsas, stir frys, and salads.
The plants grow low to the ground 12-18'' high and spread outwards 2-3' Fruits drop off the plant on their own when ripe and continue to sweeten over another week on the counter. They last unrefrigerated for weeks if not months. As plants, we treat them similar to tomatoes, starting them early indoors, and transplanting them outside once things have warmed up by June. Expect fruits starting in August with harvests building more and more until the cool wet weather of fall. They thrive in warm weather and are drought tolerant.