Cossacks Pineapple, ORGANIC

Physalis pruinosa

Each bite of this cherry sized fruit evokes vague tropical environs that one may or may not have actually visited. The ripest and sweetest fruit are deep golden and have a dry husk that is no longer green. Pluck them from both the vine and the ground. Low growing plants tend to spread.

Growing on sprawling vines, husk or ground cherries are encased by a paper lantern shaped husk. While related to tomatillos, they are frequently smaller and sweeter with husks that do not split open. The plants can be trellised but are usually left to their own devices in a corner of the garden. The ripest (and sweetest) have husks that are fully dry and no longer green. For harvesting, it's helpful to have a small child search the ground for ripe fallen fruit, while you reach overhead to pluck some from the vines. Nutrients: good source of Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Niacin, Potassium and Manganese.
SizePrice QtyPurchase
0.2 grams - Packet $ 2.95
Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
35000 1/2 gr NA 75
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 60-90°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Transplant 1/4" NA 230
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
18-24" 6-14 Annual 4-7 years
Can be direct seeded, but grow best from transplant. They do not usually need to be staked, but enjoy full sun and rich soil. Plant seed: Plant Seeds: Start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost, planting 1/4" deep in 3-4" pots. Soil Temp: 70-90 F. Days to Sprout: 6-14 days. Thin to/mature plant spacing: Transplant after all danger of frost and when soil has warmed up, leaving 3' between rows and 18-24" between plants for husk cherries; 24-36" between plants for tomatillos. Seeds/oz: 16,000. Seeds/100' row: