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:)

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

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  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..

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

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

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

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

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  8. these sound delicious!

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

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  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?

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    • 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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  16. Cheezplease says:

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

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  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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