14 thoughts on “Ground Cherries – the forgotten fruit”

  1. I use to lived in Vietnam when I was 8 years old In a jungle called U Minh It grows everywhere there at that time. But I moved to Michigan when I was 22 years old Here in Michigan I found some around my house too

  2. I just ordered some seeds to grow them myself this year…very excited! I bet the kids will get a kick out of the lantern look and "hidden" fruit inside 🙂 Thanks for making this video, it was very nice to see the finished product!

  3. Looking for information about pruning a ground cherry plant. Our best plant is about the size of the one in the video above. It produced an amazing amount of fruit this past season. Its early spring now, and I am certain its a good time to prune it back. Ive had mixed reviews so far about this. One friend said to leave it untouched, others said to prune – my intuition is to prune it out.  Any information is much appreciated!

  4. I'd love to go to Canada one day. A friend gave me some seeds of a gooseberry that are red when ripe so they might be them. Going to plant them tomorrow and see what germinates. My friend is into collecting rare and unusual fruits and vegetables.

  5. ladyplantenergy, I am an Aussie and went to Canada last year. While there I had some ground cherries thinking they would be like cape gooseberries. They look the same but ground cherries are not as big as gooseberries and ground cherries are much sweeter than gooseberries. If you ever make it to Canada you can see for yourself that they are different 🙂

  6. We used to have some of these in our backyard when I was a kid. I haven't had them for years, but just happened upon some at a farmer's market. Makes me want to try to grow some next year.

  7. Another name for ground cherry is "cape gooseberry." Yes, they are quite different from the prickly-stemmed current-like gooseberry.

  8. I grew some this summer- hard to tell when they're ripe, so I just eat the ones that fall. Tasty fruit! And somehow more satisfying because they aren't too sweet.

    (Hey, how come there's no mention of "tomatoes"? If you can grow tomatoes, you can grow ground cherries!)

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