Husk Cherry (Goldenberry)
Husk Cherry (Goldenberry)

Husk Cherry (Goldenberry)

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Latin Name: Physalis philadelphica
Common Names: Groundcherry, goldenberry
Lifespan: Perrenial
Growth Structure: Small bush
Light Requirement: Full sun
Water Requirement: ***

Description: The husk cherry, a member of nightshade family, is a prolific grower that produces small, orange fruit that is similar in size, shape, and structure to a small tomato. The fruit grows in a large, papery husk like tomatillos and drops to the ground when ripe. The flavor is often described as a cross between a cherry tomato and pineapple or mango.  Fruits can be eaten raw, canned, or made into preserves, cooked pies, and desserts.