Abenaki Hardwick Ground Cherry


An Abenaki ground cherry variety from Vermont from Fred Wiseman’s project – Seeds of Renewal.

They are small bright yellow fruits, almost orange, which hide in an “envelope” whose texture looks a bit like paper. The physalis are part of the same family as the tomatoes.   Ground cherries have a very fine and delicate taste, sweet and at the same time tart.

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Abenaki Hardwick Ground Cherry

  • 100 seeds
  • Open pollinated
  • Abenaki Heirloom
  • Distance between plants – 18-24″
  • Distance between rows – 24-36″
  • Full sun
  • Water every 2-3 days
  • Days to maturity – 70-80 days
  • Days to germination – 7-10 days
  • Height – 2-3′
  • Physalis
  • Germination rate – 70%

Grown on the farm, this Abenaki heirloom fruit has hints of vanilla and pineapple and was shared with us by Fred Wiseman and the Seeds of Renewal project in Vermont. www.alnobaiwi.org

Sow: Indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost 1/8’’ deep, transplant 2 weeks after last frost Harvest: 75 days & until last ripe fruit

The “Hardwick” Ground cherries grow on a weedy 1-2 foot high plant, with between ten and thirty “cherries” per plant.   The “Hardwick” ground cherry fruits, resembling a miniature green tomato or round pepper between 3/4″ and 1,” are shrouded within leafy husks hanging from the bottoms of the branches, in the manner of the “Japanese Lantern” ornamental cultivar.  “Hardwick” ground cherries have a distinct citrusy/fruity taste with a more vegetable kind of back-taste that is very distinct, and is not at all like that of the related Tomatillo.  It is fun to watch the faces of people tasting Hardwick ground cherries for the first time, at first they don’t know how it tastes, then they don’t like it, then they do.  It is so unlike other fruits or vegetables that you can’t at first classify it. (Source: Fred Wiseman)

Seeds produced: Le Noyau farms


Additional information

Weight 0.002 kg
Dimensions 8.255 × 0.3 × 11.43 cm


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