Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry
Garden Planting - Plant 24 to 36 inches apart in rows 36 inches apart.
Container Planting - One per 12"x12" pot.
Plants grow to about 12 to 24 inches with sprawling habit. No trellis needed.
Fruit is ready when husk turns brown and drops to ground.
What’s yellow, has a papery husk and tastes like vanilla pineapple mango sweet goodness? Yup it’s groundcherries!
We been growing Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherries on Melody Acres since our farm started 10 years ago, but way before that, this was a variety I grew up with these and thought everyone had them in their gardens. Imagine my surprise when I found this little cutie in Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste Catalog listed as an endangered seed!
This amazing Polish heirloom variety was recorded in Pennsylvania as early as 1837. It is used is sweet as well as savory dishes. This variety has an unusually fine flavor—very sweet with a nice hint of tartness. 1/2-3/4-inch fruit is enclosed in a papery husk which drops to the ground when fully ripe. High pectin content makes this one an excellent choice for pies and preserves.