Two Ways to Use Ground Cherries
Also known as husk tomatoes, after
one of its botanical relatives, or cape gooseberries, these
tart-sweet tidbits can be used in the same array of ways as
tomatoes -- eaten raw such as in salads, added as a flavoring for
meat or vegetable dishes, cooked into sauces or turned into
relishes, chutneys, jellies or jams. Since they are quite sweet,
they also serve well in desserts such as pies. By one account I
came across in googling ground cherries, they are good dipped in
chocolate. Here are two classic ground cherry recipes.
Ground Cherry Marmalade
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3 cups ground cherries
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 9-inch pie shell
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. Remove ground cherries from husk, rinse and place in unbaked
pie shell. Mix the brown sugar with 1 tablespoon flour and
sprinkle over cherries. Sprinkle water over top. Mix together 3
tablespoons flour and 3 tablespoons white sugar. Cut butter in
until crumbly and sprinkle over the top of the cherry mixture.
3. Bake in 425 degree oven for 15 minutes, then reduce temperature
to 375 degrees F and continue to bake for 25 minutes.
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(makes 7 half-pint
3 cups ground cherries, husked and washed
2 cups pears cooked, drained, and finely diced
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup crushed pineapple (drained)
1/4 cup lemon juice
7 cups sugar
3 ounces liquid
1. Combine ground cherries, pears, and water. Simmer on low
heat for 25 minutes.
2. Add the pineapple, lemon juice, and sugar. Bring to a full
rolling boil. Add pectin and boil for 3 more minutes.
3. Remove from heat and stir marmalade for 3 minutes, periodically
skimming foam from the top..
4. Pour into hot sterilized jars, process in a boiling
water bath for 10 minutes and seal.