Short Orders

Cherry? Tomato?

(Wiqan Ang/Globe Staff)
By Rachel Travers
Globe Correspondent / August 26, 2009

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Ground cherries, also called husk tomatoes, strawberry tomatoes, and poppers, are small orange fruits the size of perfectly round cherry tomatoes covered with papery husks like tomatillas (they’re from the same family). Sold in pints at farmers’ markets through September, their taste is complex and a little confusing if you’re anticipating the acidity of a tomato. There is a tomato element, but also hints of pineapple, cherry, even kiwi. They’ve got a nice little crunch and no seeds. Andy Pollock, owner of Silverbrook Farm in South Dartmouth, has been bringing these to market for more than four years. They’re mostly used in baked goods (try a ground cherry clafoutis or a pie) or dipped in dark chocolate. Available at farmers’ markets at the South End on Sundays; City Hall on Mondays; and Copley Square on Fridays.