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Production improvements for husk cherries

publication date: Apr 1, 2017
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“What are those?!” If you’ve ever grown husk cherries (Physalis pruinosa – also known as ground cherries) you’ve surely heard that question many times! This cousin of the tomato is a lovely paper-shelled jewel on our market table and charms most customers who try it. The flavor of husk cherries varies as the berry inside the husk ripens from green to yellow to orange. They fall from the plant when they are ripe. When they turn really deep gold they are sweet with a hint of nuttiness. We’ve heard customers describe the tropical flavor with all sorts of combinations including, but not limited to, hazelnut, grape, cherry, and pineapple. When customers ask us to describe the flavor we are always at a loss for words and instead just invite them to peel the husk off and eat one. Most people get hooked right then and there. Green, unripe berries should not be eaten, as they are an emetic.

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