If you've always wondered what a tomato would taste like if it were a pineapple, you now have the opportunity to find out.
I try to grow something new every year. Last year I tried ground cherries. The seed label said it would grow like a tomato plant. While it was similar, it spread more; I planted three in a row in a four foot bed and the spacing worked out nicely. The fruit looks like a tomatillo, but it isn't ready until it actually falls off the plant. I suppose this is why it's called a ground cherry. My daughter enjoyed collecting the fallen fruit every day, and because of the papery skin it was always clean. Nearly everyone liked the flavor, but it was my son who made the tomato pineapple connection. Exactly right.
My mother, the keeper of all the family secrets, reported that while she wasn't a fan, my grandmother used to grow these and make jam with them. Who knew?
So if you're growing a few plants this year and want to try something new, I think this is a fun one. We bought our seeds from Baker Creek.
I love trying new foods, cooking, and gardening. I hope to share these experiences on this site. Thanks for taking a look!