Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry
Aunt Molly`s Ground Cherry has an excellent citrus flavor that can be used for making jams, preserves, pies, and more.
Aunt Molly`s Ground Cherry History
Ground cherries have been grown in North America since the mid 1800’s and were popular additions in Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. And it was here that Aunt Molly’s variety came to be, at least in the States. Tracing back to the Walter Schell seed company in PA around the 1920’s. In fact, the plants were first recorded in 1837 in Pennsylvania by botanist William Darlington, who described the orange ground cherry as Physalis pennsylvanica ‘with a question mark,’ presuming it to be native to the area. It was not native, however, but believed to have been introduced from the Caribbean, like others in the genus, as early as the seventeenth century.
How To Grow Aunt Molly`s Ground Cherry
Sow the seeds 1/2″ deep and keep the soil warm and consistently moist. They may take their time germinating, but will grow steadily once they do. Once all danger of frost has passed, harden off the seedlings and plant them out in rows, 2-3′ apart. While the plants prefer full sun, they will tolerate just a bit of shade. Mulch the plants, fertilize occasionally and keep the soil evenly moist throughout the season to ensure fruit set, tapering off as the fruits begin to ripen. As the name suggests, when the fruits begin falling from the plant, they are ready to harvest. Collect them from the ground or pick them as their husks dry and split.
Preserving And Storing Cherry Tomatoes
“Preserving doesn’t get much easier than this. All it takes is a slow roast at low heat, with the tomatoes smattered with fresh herbs and garlic. They’ll transform into little nuggets of deep, concentrated flavor without having to lift a thumb,” says Heartbeetkitchen. They have an amazing way to preserve cherry tomatoes that you should check out.
Cooking With Cherry Tomatoes
Since this is such a simple side dish recipe, what makes it so divine are the FRESH ingredients. Gorgeous ripe red tomatoes, with pungent fresh garlic, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. You are going to fall in love at first bite with these crazy flavorful roasted tomatoes, I promise you. Click here to get this amazing recipe from the Novice Chef Blog.
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