I’ve seen these guys go by a number of different names. I saw them first as husk cherries at the farmers’ market last summer, so that’s how I now refer to them. But other names include groundcherries and Cape Gooseberries. They look and feel a little like tomatillos with a papery outer skin that reveals a slightly sticky berry. I love the flavor- if a cherry tomato, pineapple, and banana were to get busy, this is what you’d end up with.
ME: “Husk cherries anyone?”
What does it feel like?
LAUREN: “It looks like there’s a present inside.”
SAM: “Mine has a meatball.”
ME: “A meatball?”
ME “DON’T EAT IT! That one’s moldy. Let’s find you another one.”
What does it smell like?”
LAUREN: “I think it smells like bananas.”
SAM: “I’m going to roll it like a pizza.”
What does it taste like?
LAUREN: “I don’t like it.”
ME: “You haven’t told me why.”
LAUREN: “I don’t like the seeds. And it’s too sweet.”
SAM: “I don’t want to taste it. I think it’s a ball that can bounce on the ground.”
LAUREN: “Can we do starfruit again?”