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“Ground Cherry, a.k.a. Husk Tomato, is an orange fruit similar in size and shape to a cherry tomato which grows wild on a low bushy plant. It is close kin to the tomatillo, with the fruit being covered in papery husk. Flavor is a pleasant, unique tomato /pineapple like blend. The ground cherry is very similar to the cape gooseberry, both having similar, but unique flavors. Uses are similar to common tomato. Can be eaten raw, used in salads, desserts, as a flavoring, and in jams and jellies. Fruits are excellent when dipped in chocolate, and can be dried and eaten. Cooking time approximate. From the Mississippi Valley chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 pie shell, unbaked (either storebought or your own recipe)
  • 1 cup husk tomatoes, husked (ground cherries)
  • 2 eggs
  • 18 teaspoon salt
  • 23 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Line a pie pan with pastry and fill with ground cherries.
  3. Beat eggs with salt; add sugar and flour.
  4. Add milk and vanilla; stir well.
  5. Pour over cherries and bake for ten minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350F and continue baking for an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Serve plain or garnished with lightly sweetened whipped cream (also delicious with a meringue topping).

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