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    Old 09-16-2018, 09:56 AM
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    I finally found something that thrives in the back corner of my garden...ground cherries. I had enough to toss into salads and make a couple of jars of jam this year. The plants are growing and spreading like weeds, so I'll have a lot more next year. What do you make with them? Recipes please.

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    Old 09-16-2018, 10:24 AM
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    Have little to no experience with fresh cherries but couldn't you make a cherry salsa? I know peach salsa if very popular. Could you cook them down, sweeten, put them through a food mill or food processor like you would apple sauce? Do they have enough pucker that you could pickle them?
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    I found these:

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-...ries-98470003/

    https://www.google.com/search?client...w=1366&bih=604
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    Well, I learned something today -- I had no Idea that Chinese lanterns had any other name or were edible.
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    Originally Posted by mim
    Well, I learned something today -- I had no Idea that Chinese lanterns had any other name or were edible.
    I didn't know they were edible. I don't know that I've ever seen them in stores before.

    If you have to many to process at the time they are ripening I would think you could use a Food Vacuum system like a Food Saver & seal them & freeze them until you are ready to use them in a recipe. That's what I did with fresh figs this year & it worked out great.
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    Old 09-16-2018, 06:21 PM
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    I have made ground cherry jam before. Google ground cherry jam and see what you get. I got my recipe out of a very old (1936) Ball or Kerr canning book.
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    Old 09-17-2018, 03:38 AM
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    I've seen those but never tried of tasted them. Thanks for showing a new fruit. I'll be on the look out for them.
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    When I saw this title, I thought "How do you grind cherries? Don't they all end up in a sticky lump? " Duh. Never knew what those little berries were called. Or that they're edible.
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    I am not sure Chinese lanterns and ground cherries are the same thing. I will have to search them. I grow ground cherries and eat them straight. Tomatillos are another husk tomato and can be used much the same as ground cherries. I have found ground cherries are a little sweeter. Experiment with all kinds and do lots of searches.
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    Originally Posted by lwbuchhz
    I am not sure Chinese lanterns and ground cherries are the same thing. I will have to search them. I grow ground cherries and eat them straight. Tomatillos are another husk tomato and can be used much the same as ground cherries. I have found ground cherries are a little sweeter. Experiment with all kinds and do lots of searches.
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    I agree...I don't think these are the same as Chinese Lanterns. They look similar though. I like the taste of them raw, but they just beg to have something else done with them. I liked the idea of an upside down cake.

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