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Husk Tomatoes…A Happy Discovery

They’re not new, but they’re new to me and I think they might be the next big thing.  Everyone I share them with says the following four things, in this order:

  • “Wow!”
  • “Where did you get them?”
  • “Where can I get some?”
  • “Can I grow them?”

My replies:

  • “I know!”
  • “My CSA share.  It’s when you pay a farmer up front at the beginning of the growing season and you get veggies all summer. “
  • “Not sure.  Check your farmer’s market.  I haven’t seen them much in supermarkets, but I have seen their cousins, the tomatillos.”
  • “You can totally grow them.  Do a Google search and you can find somewhere to buy seeds and get growing advice.”

Here’s more info I’ve gleaned.  They’re sweet–almost like a berry, or melon.  One of my friends at work said the taste reminded her of watermelon.  They’re teeny tiny.  The picture does not give any sense of scale.  They’re smaller than cherry tomatoes.  They’re members of the nightshade family, like tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants.  They fall from the vine when perfectly ripe, but will sweeten more if left to sit for a day or two.  My husband and I remove the papery husks (they fall right off) and eat them out of hand.  I’ll bet they would be killer with wine and cheese or in a tossed salad.  They’d make a tasty jam too, probably.  They’re also called ground cherries.  Seeds can be purchased online.  They’re just too much fun!  I hope you find some to enjoy for yourself.


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