Ground Cherry Jam

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Since they are so prolific we made ground cherry jam

Ground cherries with and without husks.


Ground cherries, also called Cape Gooseberries (it’s not a true gooseberry), are small husk covered, orange-ish colored fruit and are of the solanaceae family. That’s right, the tomato, tomatillo, and potato clan. Some also call them Chinese lanterns because of the papery husk. The fruit is about 1/4 inch to 3/4 inches in diameter, most being about 1/2 inch. Harvesting them is a cinch, just wait until they fall off the plant and pick them off the ground. They taste sweet with Read more

Yellow Tomato Sauce

Hey, why not make yellow tomato sauce?

Freshly Harvested Golden Tomatoes On The Way to Sauce


I planted a mess of different tomatoes this year. Costolusto Fiorenze from Italy, Principe de Borghese, Brandywine, and Golden Tomatoes were the varieties I put in. In abundance I should add, about 36 plants in all. Fresh tomatoes just taste so good that I can’t resist overplanting.

They don’t go to waste though. This year I found a great recipe for salsa so I used some of the Costolusto for that. I dried some of the small plum shaped Borghese into little crispies that are concentrated and sweet. Soon I’ll oven roast some of them, freeze them on sheet trays and vacuum bag them for later use.

From the last picking of Costolusto Read more