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EFN EXCLUSIVE. Ground cherries are close relatives of tomatillos, considered a type of "husk tomato." The flavor is often more tangy than sweet, and tastes more like a vegetable than a fruit, but not the New Hanover: it's sweet, fruity, and addictive. It can be hard to save seeds from these because you'll want to eat every fruit! Preserved by the late Katie Hoffman Slonaker (1903-1983) in New Hanover, Pennsylvania, until becoming a part of the Roughwood Seed Collection, this variety is likely to become popular once again. We think it tastes better than the common cultivar known as 'Aunt Molly's'. At a tasting held by the American Institute of Wine and Food, it beat all other ground cherries tested!
GROWING TIPS: Ground cherries can take a while to germinate, so don't give up on them! They may take two weeks to germinate. We recommend starting seeds indoors in March or early April and transplanting them out in the field after danger of last frost. Plants could be two feet apart, maybe more. They may take a little while to get established and comfy in the field, but wait for that tipping point when they go crazy. Prefers full sun.