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Smooth Ground Cherry

Physalis Longifolia


The tomato’s sweet tart cousin known as the ground cherry, is a mini yellow cherry growing on a stem, with small crooked leaves and found in dry, sunny, or grassy areas. It’s first stage starts in a white papery husk. Soon it will start to open and along with that, leaves and flowers will start to grow. Lastly, the sweet fruit will drop. More than 300 can drop from a plant sometimes! Some of the cherry’s colors are lime yellow, chickpea yellow, and sunny yellow. It tastes slightly sweet and tropical. Make sure that you don’t undercook it because otherwise, the cherry will be TOXIC! Other names given by farmers are ground tomatoes, husk cherries, winter cherries, strawberry cherries, and cape gooseberries. Finally, it’s size is about one inch, so it could fit into your palm. For more information, go to


The ground cherry is found in dry, sunny, or grassy areas.


By Kirthi R.

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Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Oct 25, 2016
Submitted on Dec 21, 2016

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