Fruit salad and mixed salad, jam and jelly, sorbet and granita, pie and cake, chutney and ketchup, mousse and coulis — ground cherries (Physalis peruviana) can be enjoyed in virtually any form and at every occasion.
This small yellow fruit is a member of the same family as tomatoes and potatoes (the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family), and has a sweet, tangy flavor and a host of health benefits.
Ground cherries are a source of vitamins B1, B3 and C, and of iron. They also contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that the body turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A is vital for healthy bones, teeth and eyes, and helps protect against infection. Ground cherries also have anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties.