Discovery of a Delicious and Healthy Snack: Ground Cherries

Most of the time, everyone finds new snacks from companies creating new ones. They can range from sweet to healthy snacks and I must say, I enjoy many of them out there. My newest snack that I discovered I love is not only delicious but also healthy. And, my mom helped me discover it, plus gave me a great story to go along with it! My favorite new delicious and healthy snack: ground cherries.

How Did I Discover Ground Cherries?

A few weeks ago I was visiting at my parents’ house. While waiting for dinner, my mom gave me a small, brown paper bag and only said, “Try these”. Of course, before doing so, I asked what they were. The only answer I received was “They’re ground cherries. Just try them.” After I had one, I was hooked. They are so delicious! I then proceeded to eat about half of the bag before dinner. Oops! While eating them, my mom told me the story of when she was a little girl and eating them.

My mom’s grandma would send her and my uncle outside to gather ground cherries for canning purposes. Each time they went out to gather, they would be gone for a while. However, when they came back, their baskets were empty. Instead of gathering for my great-grandma’s canning, they would eat them as they went! My great-grandma would just laugh and send them back out to “gather” more!

So, What Are Ground Cherries?

Ground cherries come from the plant, Physalis. It is a flowering plant, part of the nightshade family. They are small orange fruit, wrapped in a paper-like husk. They look like a small tomatillo. Their flavor is very unique. It’s sweet and tart, at the same time. Many people compare it to a combination of both tomato and pineapple. I would agree with that similarity.

How Do You Eat Ground Cherries?

There are several ways to eat ground cherries. My favorite way is by eating them fresh, right after taking the husk off. There are several other ways to eat and use them though. I haven’t tried them all yet but I will soon!

  • Eat them fresh, right off the stem
  • Add them to a homemade salsa
  • Include them in a goat and arugula salad
  • Make them into a jam

Discovery of Delicious and Healthy Snack: Ground Cherries

Where Can You Find Ground Cherries?

The Physalis plant typically grows in the warm temperate or subtropical of the world. This means they are not natural to where I live, Minnesota, U.S.A. Although that’s the case, my mom ate them all the time from the plant while growing up. She also found them at the local farmer’s market. My suggestion to you is to search for them at the local farmer’s market. If you have a green thumb (unlike myself) then you may be able to grow them yourself, regardless of where you live!

If you’ve had ground cherries before, share your favorite memory or a recipe that uses them? I’d love to hear from others!


Alisha Ruud is a Lifestyle and Travel blogger. She is an animal lover, volunteers with a local animal rescue, avid reader, and motorcyclist. With her many interests, she has found a way to inspire others with the same interests and goals in life. She also likes to keep things fun!

31 thoughts on “Discovery of a Delicious and Healthy Snack: Ground Cherries

  1. Bola Reply

    Never heard about ground cherries. I will be on the look out

  2. Tiffany Reply

    I’d like to try these. Where do you find them? Specialty grocery stores like Whole Foods?

    • Alisha Reply

      I’ve found them at farmer’s markets. They may be at specialty grocery stores as well, but I honestly haven’t checked. I could see them being there though.

  3. Melissa Reply

    Interesting! I’ve never heard of them!

  4. Cerin Reply

    I have never heard of these! That’s awesome!

  5. Kellee Anderson Reply

    Yum, and interesting. I’ll have to look for them at our farmer’s market tomorrow.

    • Alisha Reply

      I hope you can find them! 🙂

  6. Kim Reply

    I wish we had those around here! They look delicious!

    • Alisha Reply

      They are delicious! I wish you could find them where you are!

  7. Christy Reply

    Very interesting! Never heard of those before. My girls LOVE cherries!

    • Alisha Reply

      Cherries are one of my favorites, as well! I hope you’re able to find them!

  8. kiersten Reply

    I’ve never heard of them, but we love trying new fruits and veggies, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for them!

    • Alisha Reply

      I hope you’ll be able to find them!

  9. Jacqueline Marie Reply

    I’m going to have to look for these! My son has some dietary restrictions and I’m always looking for something that he would like, this might fit the bill! I also live in Minnesota, so I’ll have to hit up some of the farmers markets in search of them 🙂 Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Alisha Reply

      My mom gets them at the farmer’s market in Buffalo. I’m not sure about any of the others. I have yet to get to a farmer’s market since discovering them. Hope you like them!!

  10. Christina Reply

    I never heard of these before! I’m going have to look for them on our trips now lol

    • Alisha Reply

      Hope you can find them!

  11. Sheree | Healthy Life, Happier Life Reply

    They sound delicious! I’ve tried something that seems very similar called goldenberries and I loved them! I’ll have to look for ground cherries now!

    • Alisha Reply

      Oooh, I’ve never had goldenberries before. I will have to try those!

  12. Julie Reply

    I’ve never heard of ground cherries before today. They look delicious!! I’m going to have to figure out how to get my hands on some…

    • Alisha Reply

      So many people are saying this! I may need to do some research on the best places to find them! I only know to try looking at a farmer’s market 🙂

  13. Gina Reply

    Wow! I have never seen these before! Thanks for sharing this cool treat!

  14. Jessica Reply

    What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Nicolette Reply

    I love “regular” cherries & Rainier cherries. I have never heard of ground cherries, but they sound amazing!

    • Alisha Reply

      Rainier cherries are my favorite!! If you like cherries, you may like these as well. Hopefully you’ll find them to try someday!

  16. Stacey Billingsley Reply

    These sound really good! I’ve never even heard of them. I will have to look for some to try; I like trying new fruits!

    • Alisha Reply

      I hope you’re able to find them! I love trying new food as well!

  17. Sherrie Reply

    Oooo, these sound awesome! I’m going to ask around at farmer’s market this weekend.

    • Alisha Reply

      Yay! Let me know if you find some! 🙂

  18. Kara Reply

    I have never even heard of ground cherries! The outside husk reminds me of a gooseberry, or a tomatillo.

    • Alisha Reply

      Yes, they reminded me a lot of tomatillos, as well. They’re so good! I hope you’re able to try them someday!

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