Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG
These fast-growing species of the genus Physalis are also known as husk tomatoes, tomatilloes, strawberry tomatoes, bladder cherries, and poppers (the Chinese Lantern is a popular, non-edable ornamental variety). They belong to the Solanaceae family, which includes tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, tobacco, and nightshade.
Used by the Pilgrims; ground cherries are excellent for pies, jams, and preserves of all kinds. The fruit grow inside a paper-like husk (the same as Tomatillos). Grow it the same as you would tomatoes.
Ground cherries taste like a mix between a sweet tomato and a berry or pineapple and are good by themselves, in a salad or even in a bowl of vanilla ice cream.