Ground cherries also known as husk tomatoes are orangish-yellow in color and resemble yellow tomatillo. They taste like tomatoes that are slightly sweet with the texture of a grape.
This husked fruit is native to Central and South American and belongs to a group of plants known as orphan crops. These crops often have low yields or poor shelf life which is why they are not readily available in markets. Through the use of gene editing scientist are trying to eliminate some of the traits that makes ground cherries unprofitable to the market and make the fruit more readily available. Although ground cherries can be enjoyed by themselves, they are especially good in salsas, tarts, jams, and salads.
- 2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup ground cherries
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 minced jalapeño pepper
- 1/2 finely chopped cucumber
- 2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3 tbsp lime
- 2 tsp. Extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1) Dice cherry tomatoes and ground cherries into halves and finely chop red onions, cilantro, and jalapeño pepper. Then cut cucumbers into cubes.
2) In a medium bowl, mix chopped vegetables.
3) In a small bowl lightly whisk together lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper and add to the bowl of vegetables.
4) Serve with tortilla chips or as a side.