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New Hanover Ground Cherry (50 seeds) (WWE195) $4.00

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New Hanover Ground Cherry

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ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. Ground cherries are close relatives of tomatillos, considered a type of "husk tomato." The flavor is often more tangy than sweet, and tastes more like a vegetable than a fruit, but not the New Hanover: it's sweet, fruity, and addictive. It can be hard to save seeds from these because you'll want to eat every fruit! Preserved by the late Katie Hoffman Slonaker (1903-1983) in New Hanover, Pennsylvania, until becoming a part of the Roughwood Seed Collection, this variety is likely to become popular once again. We think it tastes better than the common cultivar known as 'Aunt Molly's'. At a tasting held by the American Institute of Wine and Food, it beat all other ground cherries tested! Grown ecologically in New Jersey by the Experimental Farm Network.
New Hanover Ground Cherry
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Number of Reviews: 1
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Central Valley, CA, United States
May 1, 2018
Slow starting but still great
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

What are the pros? Great heat tolerance.

What are the cons? Nothing yet.


The New Hanovers were the second variety I decided to try since I've never tried or heard of ground cherries before. Same as the other variety I tried it 12 seeds, but only had 7 sprout. These ground cherries were very slow to start. I almost gave up on them and just left the seed pods in the green house with light watering. Eventually, when they did sprout, only 7 came up which is still great. I left them in the green house to get a little bigger and we were hit with two heat waves. These guys had a little bit of wilt, but they took it like champs. This is a great sign for our summers since we regularly see 100 temps. They really didn't get very big, but I went ahead and put them in ground, hopefully doing so will see a jump in size.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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