Ground cherries are husk berries that taste like sweet pineapple berries. They’re especially fun to eat because you unwrap them. (Read more about them here on Rodale’s Organic Life).
There are three ground cherry plants in the garden, and the one in K-3 is really taking off. The fruit tends to fall off the plant before it is ripe, but you can tell it’s ready when the husk turns a gold-ish color. You can collect and keep young ones that fall and eat them when they’ve ripened (usually within a week).
Summer school ends Thursday, so I’d like to encourage ASD-site staff and students–and ICT 5th graders who won’t return in September– to try the ground cherries this week. Tell us what you think! –Denise