Husk Cherry - Husk Cherry – Cossacks Pineapple, ORGANIC

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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.(0.2 Gram packet)

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Product Description

Average Seed / oz Seed / 100′ Row Average Yield / 100′ Row Days to Harvest
16,000 1/2 gr NA 70
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 330
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
24-36″ 10-21 Annual 4-7 years

Bed Preparation

Husk cherry is a warm season annual that requires full sun and prefers rich, well-drained soil. Prior to planting, work in 1 inch of compost. During the growing season, side dress plants with an organic nitrogen fertilizer such as manure, fish emulsion, blood meal, etc.


For best results, start husk cherry seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date. Sow seeds ¼" deep in 3-4" pots. Seeds germinate best when soil temps are 70-90˚ F. Seeds will sprout in 10-21 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 24-36" apart. Transplant outdoors when the danger of frost has passed. Leave 3 ft spacing between rows.


Husk cherry will be ready for harvest approximately 70 days after planting or when the outer papery covering has begun to dry and fruits are somewhat soft when squeezed.

Seed Saving

While related, husk cherry and tomatillos are different species and can be grown together without concern of cross-pollination. Similar to tomatoes, wait until husk cherry fruits are very mature, possibly waiting until they fall to the ground before harvesting for seed. Squeeze out the pulp, ferment, and dry before storing.

To ferment, place pulp with seeds into a jar and add the same volume of water as the pulp. Cover container loosely with cheesecloth, paper towel, newspaper, etc. After 2-5 days, gently pour off the moldy water and floating seeds (they're non-viable!). Once you have poured off as much liquid as you can, empty the contents of container into a colander and rinse seeds until there is no more pulpy residue left. Spread wet seeds out onto a screen, paper plate, or coffee filter for drying. Drying should be complete in 1-2 weeks, depending on humidity levels.

Store seeds in a cool, dry place and they will remain viable for 4-7 years.

Additional information

Weight 1 g

0.2 grams – Packet

1 review for Husk Cherry – Cossacks Pineapple, ORGANIC

  1. 5 out of 5


    Husk cherries are incredibly easy to grow, and taste great. They’re ripe when they fall on the ground, so harvesting is simple. The plant does take up A LOT of space, though, so plan accordingly. I’ve had good luck growing them in extra large pots set on top of a tarp, and the plants stay a more manageable size. If you live in a short growing season, start seeds in a greenhouse or inside – you’ll need the extra month or two to get a ripe crop. You can eat husk cherries raw in salads or just out of hand, and they taste great in cobblers, crisps, and pies. I made an incredible jelly using half husk cherries and half strawberries – it tasted like strawberry lemonade!

  2. 4 out of 5


    These ground cherries are delicious! They are a fun and juicy garden snack that keeps you hydrated while working. I’ve also made fresh salsa with these ground cherries instead of tomatoes and it was amazing. Just mix chopped ground cherries, a little minced red onion, a big bunch of chopped cilantro, a little jalapeno if you like it spicy, and some lime juice. So good! I can’t wait for summer 🙂

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