Marketed in France as “Amour en Cage,” often sold in the US as “Goldenberry,” this Brazilian native is a vigorous annual in the Northeast, bearing burnt-yellow fruits the size of cherry tomatoes on bushes 3- to 4-feet tall and wide. The tart and sweet, bright, tropical and tangy fruits are great for jams, salsas, and fresh eating! Unlike Ground Cherries, their fruit does not fall on the ground when ripe. Will store 1 to 2 months after harvest if left in husk.
Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry
A prized Polish HEIRLOOM tomato best harvested once it has fallen to the ground. Noteworthy flavor with hints of pineapple and vanilla. Their high pectin count makes them ideal not only for summer snacking but also for preserves and pies and over ice creams. Expect an abundant harvest from July til frost.
Next stop, Salsa Verde! This purple tomatillo yields a sharper and sweeter flavor than the classic green tomatillo. Harvest when husks have split and skins have achieved a deep purple hue. The flavor is superb when eaten right from the plant. Try adding a twist to your kabobs with this grilled gem.
Queen of Malinalco Tomatillo
A rare find from Malinalco, Mexico sporting elongated, 4-inch fruits that ripen from green to a bright lemon yellow. Flavor is sweeter than other tomatillos, giving a nod to sweet and tropical notes of a ground cherry. Raw or roasted, coarsely chopped or pureed, grilled on kabobs, tossed on tacos or whipped into a one-of-a-kind salsa verde, your culinary options are endless!
Rio Grande Verde Tomatillo
A prized, very high yielding and large-fruited tomatillo! The 3- to 4- ounce tomato-like fruit are considered the source of the “piquant” flavor in authentic Mexican cuisine. Harvest the apple-green fruits when their papery husks split for a great salsa verde. Can be stored for 1 to 2 months in a cool, dry place.