On a visit to the Farm, while walking through one of the pastures, we discovered something very exciting — perennial groundcherries! After a little research, I believe they are Physalis viscosa specifically.
This is particularly exciting because I was already really interested in growing groundcherries and had started a few Aunt Molly’s groundcherry plants from seed. However, now that I’ve made this discovery, I plan on propagating these instead, since I know they thrive in this climate. Plus, I hear they’re pretty tasty groundcherries. I had a couple and thought they tasted good, but I don’t have much room for comparison. It was nice to get a more diverse option.
Also known as ‘golden berries’, a popular health food, these groundcherries have the possibility of becoming one of our cash crops.
A member of the nightshade family, they could be toxic to livestock (the unripe fruit in particular) so we’re going to have to fence off the area where the plants are growing as long as we have livestock grazing that area.