As you may recall, I told you about our ground cherry plant a while ago. We have now been able to taste it's delights. They are hard to describe but I will do my best.
I read up on them and learned that it is best to harvest them after they have turned yellow and dropped to the ground. There has not yet been a mass dropping of cherries, more like a few each day. Which makes for a fun game for Miss D. I also must admit that if I see a yellow one and it falls off the plant when I touch it- I consider that one ripe as well! :)
As promised, they are covered in a papery "skin", as with a tomatillo, but there is a lot more air in between the skin and the fruit than with a tomatillo.
They are pretty fun to unwrap. And the best part is you usually don't need to wash them because they are clean and protected in their little "skins".
This one is actually a little green. The tastiest ones are pure yellow. Now to describe the flavor and eating experience.....hmmmmmmmmm.
The skin and outer flesh is similar in texture to a tomato or tomatillo. The inside is filled with white, flat (think capsicum), crunchy seeds that are not unpleasant to eat. The taste is sweet and mild with a tomato-y finish.
That's the best I can do with words. But if you are curious- come on by some day and try one!