Ground Cherry, Physalis Pruinosa
Surprise Protection and Whimsy Before Sweater Weather
These cherries are not related to cherries we are familiar with. Think tomato in the nightshade family.
Delicious, they are tart and sweet simultaneously. Imagine a tomato with a splash of pineapple.
Find them at your local farm and farmer’s markets right now encased in a delicate, tan paper. Peel off the paper and pop in your mouth or use on a salad. Eat them only if color is orange not green.
What to Love About Ground Cherries
-They are loaded with Vitamin C giving you natural histamine to help with seasonal allergies, immune protection, healing power and much more.
-A decent source of Vitamin A helps your skin and provides cancer protection.
-Several B vitamins such as Niacin, Thiamin and Riboflavin keep our nervous system fine tuned, help deter migraines and lift your mood as the days darken into winter.
-Other micronutrients working in biochemical symphony to keep your condition strong whatever constitution you were born with.
Ground cherries can be added to most any combination of raw fruits and veggies and sprinkled with your favorite vinaigrette.
Here is a salad with what we have on hand today.
2-3 cups mixed greens or lettuce greens
1/4-1/2 cup ground cherries orange and out of husks
1 or 2 sliced radish or daikon
1 or 2 chopped green onions
1/2 small sliced apple
1 or 2 Tablespoons leftover cooked grain such as quinoa
Crumbled goat cheese and nuts (optional)
3 parts olive oil
1 part apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon healthy mustard without additives
Sea Salt and Ground Pepper to taste
Whisk or blend with fork and dress salad as desired.
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