Physalis

Continuing in my meme of mentioning what I think are underappreciated foods, I picked up one of my favorites today, ground cherries, when Caitlin and I went to the grocery store. I think we had these growing around my house when I was a kid, but I may be remembering that wrong… They have a powerful sour and sweet tangy flavor that’s completely addictive.

I watched Zeitgeist Addendum today. I had high hopes for it because I’m a big “fan” (if that’s the right word) of both John Perkins and Jacque Fresco, but I didn’t think the movie was as effective in communicating its message as the first one was (although I think it’s less “dubious” than the first one, which is a little too far out in conspiracy land). It’s worth watching, but won’t make any top docs list.

ground-cherry

12 Comments

  1. I enjoyed the first Zeitgeist when it first emerged and shared it with so many people. I’m interested to finish downloading this one to watch it as well. Thanks for sharing, I had no idea they made another Documentary about it.

    Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Permalink
  2. Toast wrote:

    Physalis are great fun – though I’m not sure what the plural is… “ground cherries” is a new name to me, though. Cape gooseberries is familiar.

    My mother used carefully-removed leafy bits to decorate a mini tree this Christmas, looked surprisingly tasteful next to some of her other handywork! Not that I’m complaining, Christmas is totally a celebration of cheap plastic everything & very small lights. It’s nice to put good taste to one side for a few weeks.

    Got to trying the crispy cale that was mentioned in a comment forum a few posts back, so I’m primarily posting to reinforce the recommendation – very tasty! Did mine with sesame oil & salt, rather than plain oil, salt + chilli. Worked very nicely indeed.

    Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 7:14 pm | Permalink
  3. Jamie wrote:

    GOOSEBERRIES!!!!!! That’s what we call them around here. I used to live on them when I was a kid! Ground or bush…they rock :) They also make really good jam.

    Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Permalink
  4. Indebted wrote:

    I *love* these. I think the supermarket must have thought that I was buying stock for my own store when I first discovered them. I would go in with the intention of buying food for dinner and leave with all my money spent on physalis – yum!

    Monday, March 9, 2009 at 3:28 am | Permalink
  5. JuanKi wrote:

    I wonder if that’s what we call “uchuva” over here… looks like it. my parents like to use them in salads

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 9:39 am | Permalink
  6. Toast wrote:

    Juanki – from Wiki, “Physalis peruviana – Cape Gooseberry, Peruvian Groundcherry, Inca Berry, uchuva (Colombia), poha”

    So, likely yes :)

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Permalink
  7. Zi wrote:

    I used to call them Syphilis…dyslexia is a wonderful thing.

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 5:26 am | Permalink
  8. Lindsay wrote:

    I’ve never had these fancy cape gooseberries, but my grandparents did have another gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa)in a bush in the backyard and they were absolutely delicious… they’re the best while they’re still green.

    Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Permalink
  9. Sydney wrote:

    http://veganyumyum.com/2008/09/ground-cherry-cupcake-pies/

    So good :)

    Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Permalink
  10. lola wrote:

    those look like chinese lanterns, I have some growing in my garden :)

    Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 11:42 am | Permalink
  11. lola wrote:

    ooh chinese lanterns are related :)

    Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 11:43 am | Permalink
  12. marty h. wrote:

    because im a nerd and no one else has commented on it, john perkins is an excellent author. i just finished listening to his follow up to confessions; the secret history of the american empire, have you gotten it yet?

    Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 9:35 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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