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Ground Cherry

Husk tomato, Strawberry tomato, Chinese lantern plant, Tomatillo, Bladder cherry, Cherry tomato, Alkekengi, Cape gooseberry

Solanaceae Physalis sp.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Plants are annuals in the north, some forms are perennial in the tropics. Both upright and trailing forms occur. Fruits are generally globose, red or yellow in color, an inch or less in diameter, with many small, inconspicuous seeds. Fruits are smooth skinned and completely inclosed in a thin papery husk, which is free and easily removed. Ground cherries are widely grown in home gardens in many parts of the world, including the U.S., but enter commerce only to a very limited extent.

Season, bloom to maturity: 2 to 3 months.

Production in U.S.: No data. Often in home gardens, but rarely in commerce.

Use: Mainly preserves, some culinary. May be grown as ornamental.

Part of plant consumed: Whole fruit, after husk removed.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch