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Physalis pruinosa (Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry)

Postby Durgan » Jul 28, 2008 11:44 am

http://xrl.us/okz7q 18 March 2008 Physalis pruinosa (Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry)

http://www.botany.com/physalis.html Detailed information about the cultivar.

The Aunt Molly Ground Cherry (Physalis pruinosa) (3 plants) were grown in 2007 with excellent results. This year I will plant four plants. Pictures will be posted as it progresses. The germination time was 12 days, using the enclosed pot method.

http://xrl.us/okz9u 3 July 2008 Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry (Physalis pruinosa) Thriving.

http://xrl.us/okz7u 28 July 2008 Physalis pruinosa (Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry) Some berries are ripening. They are good quality and quite large. The plants have many berries.
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Postby Eeyore » Jul 28, 2008 12:07 pm

What kind of flavour do these have and what do you use them for?
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Postby Durgan » Jul 28, 2008 10:01 pm

Eeyore wrote:What kind of flavour do these have and what do you use them for?


I eat most of the berries raw as a snack. The fruit is sort of sweet tasting, and they are quite pleasant. The berries will keep for about three weeks or more at room temperature. They can be cooked, but I haven't got that far yet. To me, they are just some new plant to grow.

The berries are sold in the Supermarket in half pints and I bought a container, and counted the berries. The price came to 13 cents each, and the country of orgin was Chile. The berries had been picked unripe, probably for shipping, and they were terrible.

It appears I have a gold mine and only have to find a market. I grew them for the first time last year, and they grew so well, that I enlarged the number of plants this year; also there is another variety, which is supposed to have larger fruit, not that the one shown is particularly small.
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Postby bluewillow » Jul 29, 2008 2:36 pm

I would imagine they would make good jam, Durgan.

Very interesting indeed. Thanks

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Re: Physalis pruinosa (Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry)

Postby old_maillet » Aug 02, 2008 12:35 pm

Hi. I grew this by seed last year along with dill. and much to my delight (I think). they reseeded themselves and i have dill and ground cherries growing all over my garden.... and i mean all over. I'm on zone 3.

let a few cherries/dill seed heads die on plant and turn over in dirt....next year voila!
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Re: Physalis pruinosa (Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry)

Postby Sanza » Sep 03, 2008 2:24 am

I'm also zone 3 and have many perennials for zone 4 survive here. I'm happy to hear the ground cherries will self seed and hope to be finding them next spring. My problem right now is that it's time for frost already and my fruit isn't mature yet. This is my first year trying them and I jumped in with both feet and have 10 plants . Can they be picked before they fall off the bushes or will they not ripen? Most of the fruits feel about 1/2 size only so can anyone give me an estimate of how much more time is needed. I'm thinking of building a cold frame to protect them from freezing....
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Re: Physalis pruinosa (Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry)

Postby Durgan » Sep 04, 2008 4:40 pm

http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?VKGGF 1 August 2008 Ground Cherry (Physalis pruinosa) Picking of some capsules that have fallen. The capsule has to be a deep orange almost brown to be fully ripe. Thes plants are prodigious producers, and the main picking will commence in about two weeks.

http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?KIQIW 9 August 2008 Physalis pruinosa (Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry)
The cherry falls off the bush when ripe. even some slightly unripe envelopes fall. A ripe fruit has a dark yellow to slightly brown envelope. Fully ripe the fruit has a very pleasant taste, but even slightly unripe the fruit is acceptable. The picking today is only a minor event, since there will be many more fruiting bodies, which will be picked off the ground as the fruit ripens.

http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?OGBPD 20 August 2008 Physalis pruinosa (Aunt Mollys Ground Cherry) Fruit
The fruit falls off the bushes, when ripe. The fruit also ripens after being picked. With mosquitoes present, picking can be annoying, since both hands are used, one to lift the vegetation and the other to pick. I place landscape fabric under the plants to keep the berries out of the soil.

http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?GPKRK 24 August 2008 Physalis pruinosa (Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry)
About 5 quarts were picked today, which produced four cups of berries with the calyx removed. These will be cooked gently, sweetened with a couple drops of stevia and eaten as preserved fruit.

http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?PSXHC Summary: Growing experience.
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Re: Physalis pruinosa (Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry)

Postby Sanza » Sep 05, 2008 1:01 pm

Thanks for giving me some idea on their maturing schedule. The morning after I posted I picked about a pint of ripened fruit so I'm thinking the rest are soon ! The frost has nipped the tops of the plants already, but I'm hoping I can beat mother nature this year. I can't remember when I started them this spring, but for sure I will start them off the beginning of March next year.They seem to be very frost sensitive which I find funny for a plant that will self seed....
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Re: Physalis pruinosa (Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry)

Postby Sanza » Sep 26, 2008 1:14 pm

We woke up to a killing frost the morning of Sept 24. The night before I pulled up all the ground cherry plants and put them in the quonset so that they can continue to ripen (hopefully).
Durgan, you write that you started your plants the beginning of March.....when did you move them out to your garden?
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Re: Physalis pruinosa (Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry)

Postby Durgan » Sep 26, 2008 1:30 pm

Sanza wrote:We woke up to a killing frost the morning of Sept 24. The night before I pulled up all the ground cherry plants and put them in the quonset so that they can continue to ripen (hopefully).
Durgan, you write that you started your plants the beginning of March.....when did you move them out to your garden?


Plants were placed in the garden about the 24 of May. The ground cherries can take a bit of frost in my experience. I notice that the plants that re-seeded are way behind the ones I grew from seed indoors.

Also last year I pulled the plants and tried ripening indoors. The fruit was small and basically useless, and really didn't ripen properly.
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