One of our most popular seeds, and one of my personal favorites, is our Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry. Dating back to the mid-1800’s, the Aunt Molly’s deliciousness has caused it to be an old time favorite. When our started plants are ready for sale here in the spring, our customers always flock to the Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry. Most of our customers recall their mothers or grandmothers making homemade pie with these small citrus flavored fruits.
Additionally, Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherries can also be made into jams or preserves, sauces or my favorite way, fresh off the vine! They are easy to grow and extremely productive.
My nieces and nephews love when these are ready to eat. When I show them the brown papery husks (the yummy yellow fruit is hidden inside), hanging from the plant, they start plucking and popping into their mouths immediately. Anytime they come over to visit they usually check and see if there is any more for them to eat!
Here’s a great recipe from Mother Earth News for Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry Pie:
To make this festive dish, combine 2 cups of sugar with 2 tablespoons of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Then, add 4 cups of husked, ripe cherries, 2 tablespoons of melted butter or margarine, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Pour the filling into a 9″ unbaked pie crust, cover it with another sheet of dough, cut a few slits in the top for venting, and bake it at 350°F for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the crust is golden.
For this week only, we’re discounting the price of my garden favorite: Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry! For the next 7 days you can save 50% of each packet of any of our heirloom potatoes. Just enter coupon code Cherries during checkout.