Ground Cherry, Aunt Molly's 3.00
65-70 days- (Physalis
pruinosa) Small berries, about
three-fourths to one inch in diameter,
which fall to the ground when ripe.
Enclosed in a papery husk like the
tomatillo, but fruity-tasting. Fine for
fresh eating, preserves, pies. A cheerful
yellow-orange color. Recommended.
Ground Cherry, Goldie 3.00
65 days—Said to be a bit
later but more productive than others. Same
papery husks and sweet-tart, juicy little
fruits within them. We remain unconvinced,
never having discerned much difference from
one ground cherry variety to the next, but
maybe we're missing something. For those who
adore this off-beat crop, we include this
variety for consideration.
Cherry, Otto's Brush Creek 3.00
65 days—Found growing in a
"semi-wild" state by the owners of Adaptive
Seeds in Oregon, from whom we obtain our
seed. Should be the stronger for having
shifted for itself for who-know-how-many
generations, or so the thinking runs. Named
for the previous owner of their farm, Otto
Shockey. We'll be trialing this one
alongside the other two, to try and
determine if there's any real difference. We
offer this variety for customers who
especially love this unusual old crop.
Tomatillo, Dr. Wyches Yellow
days. A Seed Savers introduction,
given to that organization by the late Dr.
John Wyche. Appears to combine the best of
the purples and the yellow/green types.
The Seed Savers catalog states: Unique
yellow-colored tomatillo with contrasting
purple blush, nice sweet flavor. Very
ixocarpa) Beautiful purple
fruit, large size. Many are a bright violet
color throughout their flesh. Much sweeter
than the green types, it can be eaten right
off the plant. Turns purple when ripe.
70 days-(Physalis ixocarpa) Deep green fruit to
two inches in diameter; a standard,
richly-flavored type. Huge yields as with
most tomatillos. Used in fresh green
salsas and in chile verde dishes. Harvest
when full-sized, but before fruits turn
yellow. Will self-sow in your garden if
you miss even one fruit.