[nafex] tasty perennial Physalis

Robert Bruns r.fred.bruns at gmail.com
Wed Aug 20 15:17:53 EDT 2014

Devin -

Where are you located?  Here in central Indiana, the edible ones don't
overwinter.  The only physalis that does overwinter is Chinese
Lantern, which isn't edible.  It is obviously a different species from
the edible ground cherry, both from appearance of the plants and from
the fact that the two don't hybridize even when grown next to each

My favorite ground cherry is "Cossack Pineapple".  I think it's listed
as just plain "Pineapple" in some catalogs.

If you can provide seeds of your variety, I'd love to try it.

Fred Bruns

On 8/19/14, Jwlehman--- via nafex <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org> wrote:
> My Mother grew them during my childhood and she made Ground Cherry Pie. My
> sister and my wife make ground cherry pie which is one of my favorites. I'm
> in  zone 5B and they come up volunteer every year, more like a weed. So I
> just  transplant them in a short row. They come up in my compost pile.
> Insects  for me aren't a big problem. Planting them with a plastic ground
> cover
> makes  collecting them easier. They are quite a popular garden plant in my
> home town of  Berne, IN.
> Ground cherry pie....yum yum!
> Jerry
> In a message dated 8/19/2014 9:07:12 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> 6ducks at gmail.com writes:
> I've  eaten physalis spp. before, but this year am growing my first crop,
> Baker  Creek Heirloom Seed's 'Ground Cherry'. No ripe fruit yet, but what
> fruit I  have doesn't look any bigger than 1/2".  And the bugs are
> ferocious--  flea beetles perhaps.
> Baker doesn't give the species name for these, but  I'd guess they're
> perennials in warmer zones.
> At any rate, I'd love to  experiment with some that might be perennial in a
> zone 6.  We have  native Physalis here, why not larger-fruited ones,  too?
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