Drive-By Post: Husk Cherries

September 28, 2011 By: Serena

Hey Noshers! Just a quick drive-by post here – I got these in my CSA the other day, and I just *had* to share!  These are called husk cherries.  They are wrapped in a papery thin “husk” – when you open up the delicate wrapper, you are rewarded with a juicy, sweet fruit.  The consistency is similar to that of a tomato, but the fruit is tart and tangy.  It reminds me most of a persimmon. Yum!  If you ever see these in your market, definitely give them a try!

Have you ever tried husk cherries?

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18 Comments to “Drive-By Post: Husk Cherries”

  1. I’ve always blown right by them at the greenmarket, but I’m thinking I oughtta try them. For some reason I associate them with tomatillos although I’m sure no one’s whippin’ up a husk cherry salsa anytime soon:)

  2. they look like tomatillos… which are tangy as well. interesting.

  3. I think this is the same as the center fruit of the chinese lantern plant! They look so familiar, my mom used to grow lantern plants. I never knew you could eat the fruit! They are quite easy to grow in the garden..

  4. I’ve never heard of these before! Yum.

  5. I’ve never seen those, but I want one!! They look so delicious! And cute!

  6. how interesting! I’ve seen these before and always thought they were tomatoes. Will definitely try.

  7. Whhhaaaat…those are crazy! I’ve never heard of a husk cherry before. I love how you always teach me about new foods :)

  8. these sound delicious!

  9. I’ve never heard of them but they sound interesting!

  10. YUM! Where do you get these if you don’t belong to a CSA? Do you think a farmer’s market would have them?

    • I’m guessing a farmer’s market would have them if they are in season! I know my CSA supplies a few farmers’ markets as well so this is definitely a possibility!

  11. I’ve never heard of those- interesting!

  12. this is so interesting! i’ve never heard of husk cherries until right now.

  13. Those look gorgeous! I’m familiar with their other name, cape gooseberries.

  14. Very cool! I hope our CSA box has some of those this week :)

  15. So cool! I’ve never seen these cherries but I like that they’re wrapped like little gifts of cherry goodness!

  16. Cheezplease says:

    I’ve seen them, but always assumed they were some sort of South American pepper. Don’t ask me why.

  17. I signed up for a trial CSA box through a Groupon deal and I received the box this week. I got a small bag of these and was wondering what they were. Thanks for this tip! I will get to them right away!


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