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Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry
4005MO Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry Husk Cherry OG (72 days) Open-pollinated. Slightly shorter with fruits a little smaller than the generic variety but with excellent flavor. Though native to Central America, this heirloom was widely grown in Poland and has been boarded by the Slow Food Ark of Taste. Won over Heron who had previously been indifferent to husk cherries. “Sweet and zesty.” Some compare the flavor to pineapple. MOSA-certified organic.
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A=0.5g for $1.90  
B=1g for $3.20  
C=2g for $5.50  
D=4g for $9.00  
E=28g for $40.00  
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Husk or Ground Cherries

Physalis pruinosa

1,300-1,400 seeds/g. A treat inside every paper wrapper! Same genus as Chinese Lantern and tomatillo, fruits ripen inside their protective husks. As clusters of berries sweeten, they turn from green to golden yellow, drop off the decorative branching plants, and reach perfection as their husks thin to a near-gossamer papery texture. The sweet berries have an indescribable flavor, great for raw snacks. Don’t eat them green––they can be a powerful emetic.

Culture: Need filtered light and temperatures at least 75°, preferably closer to 90°, to germinate. Cover seeds with just a light sprinkling of soil and place the flats in the hottest part of the greenhouse, transplanting after last spring frost. Husk cherries tolerate a touch of frost but give up when temperatures dip below 30°. In a good year, about half will ripen in time. Will readily self sow, although volunteers never mature as quickly as those started indoors.