Pineapple Ground Cherry Seeds. Pineapple Ground Cherry is an annual plant from Eastern Europe, distantly related to the Mexican tomatillo. The ripe ground cherry tastes like pineapple with hints of cherry tomato and vanilla. Their sweet flavor is what earns them the nicknames “strawberry tomato” and “Cossack pineapple.”
This is a fun and easy crop to grow, with the low, bushy, spreading plants reaching a height of 20 – 45cm. The plant produces marble-sized yellow berries (the size of cape gooseberries) in a husk from midsummer until well into autumn. The fruits drop from the plants when they are ripe, hence the name ground cherry. They are firm fruits, even when ripe, with very small seeds.
Pineapple Ground Cherry Culinary Uses
- Can be eaten raw, used in salads, desserts, as a flavoring, in jams and jellies.
- Fruits can be dipped in chocolate, added to preserves, uses in hot dessert toppings or mock pineapple yogurt.
- When dried in sugar, the fruit is excellent in fruit cakes, some cooks preferring them to raisins or figs.
Growing Pineapple Ground Cherry
- Plant the seeds 8-10 weeks before your last frost.
- Sow Pineapple Ground Cherry Seeds in flats/cells/pots.
- Place the seeds on top of the soil and cover lightly with soil.
- Germination takes about 2 -3 weeks.
- Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer.
- Transplant the seedlings after the last frost.
- Pineapple Ground Cherry can be grown successfully in containers or you can transplant the seedlings directly into the garden.
- Needs well-drained soil in full sun or light shade with soil pH 6 – 7.
- A steady supply of moisture will result in the highest quality fruits, so water regularly if there has been no rain.
- The plants are frost tender and is grown as an annual in most climates.
- Once transplanted into the garden, expect the harvest to begin in 70 to 75 days.
- For fruit production to occur, you need have at least two plants, planted close to each other.
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