Freaky Fruit: Husk Cherries
Here’s another “freaky fruit” — freaky because it’s new to me. This freak of a fruit is called a husk cherry.
More Like Berries than Cherries
Husk cherries look more like berries than cherries, once you peel back their paper-thin husk. They’re lightweight, almost weightless, as delicate as Osage oranges are rough. The small, perfectly round cherries — no berries — hide in their husks like oysters in oyster shells. They come in hues of green or orange and taste a little like pineapple. They’re said to be a relative of the tomato family.
Husk cherries — also called ground cherries — can be eaten raw or used in salads and desserts. The farmer at the Union Square market said she uses them to make preserves. Gathered in a crate by the hundreds, the husk cherries looked liked delicately wrapped bons-bons.
· Price: $10/pound
· Nutritional tidbits: rich in a carotenoid pigment called cryptoxanthin, which the body converts to vitamin A.
· Shape/color/texture: round-shaped fruit, the size of a berry, enclosed in a delicate beige-colored husk.
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