It is hot in East Texas!
Heat and health have kept me indoors this summer that’s for sure.
In the lack of vigilance it has become increasingly important that plants in my garden have enough charisma to survive without pampering. Enter the Ground Cherry!
Happy Ground Cherries
The Ground Cherries have taken all the neglect completely in stride. The cucumbers are droopy, the eggplants lethargic, the melons are looking for a way to vine in and strangle me. The ground cherries are completely happy. Good on them!
This one is Aunt Mollie
I know I have given a recipe for Ground Cherry tarts so today I want to give you one for chutney.
It’s Ground Cherry Central around here…
Let’s make some chutney!
Ground Cherry Chutney
Ground Cherry Chutney
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup sliced onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 1 cup ground cherries
- 1 cup sultanas (Golden raisins)
- Salt & pepper, to taste
Caramelize a cup of sugar by cooking it with two tablespoons water. When it gets syrupy, add the sliced onion, garlic and apple cider. Let the mix boil for a few minutes, then add the ground cherries and sultanas. Let the fruit cook through, add salt and pepper, let the chutney cool, then keep it refrigerated. Once you’ve made the basic recipe, try adding various herbs from your garden, a bit of lemon, lime or orange juice, crushed ginger, etc.
For shelf storage Prepare a water bath. Process for 15 minutes.
We like this with chicken and pork, with peanut butter as a sandwich, and just on toast or an English muffin.
Have a great weekend!~KeriAnne
I love themed gardens. I think I’ve mentioned that before. It’s fun to decide what the theme will be for your garden and then to find all the things you will put in your bed. This includes the plants but also this is where you can get really creative with accessories for the garden in the way of structures or decorations. In this way a themed garden is only limited by your budget and your imaginations, and I suppose the area you have to plant.
Today I want to talk about salsa gardens. I do a salsa garden every year. Even for the year that we lived in a high rise apartment in Houston, I had a salsa garden on the 14 x 12 patio. Although it was just container tomatoes, cilantro and jalapenos, it got the job done.
Now that I have my country place with room to sprawl I have found my problem to be…stop…adding…plants! = ) This is a great problem to have, and I am certainly not complaining. I’m not bragging, I’m blessed.
So let me give you some ideas about what I think makes a great salsa garden. I break this in to five sections: tomatoes, greens, peppers, onions, other. I try to grow at least three of these. The tomatoes are just always best home grown. Greens are inexpensive and really easy, so why not grow them? Peppers are pretty easy too and can easily be in a container. I have only started doing onions since I have had a little more room to do so. The “other” section is almost always gotten from a farmers market as these are usually more exotic finds.
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