Joining the CSA this Summer is a decision I am so happy with. It presented so many different fruits and vegetables to us that I would have never purchased at the market on my own. Some weeks it was a challenge sorting through our basket and trying to plan out the meals for the rest of the week, but looking back, it allowed us to explore numerous foods and try new recipes. Plus, it was fun to share many of them with all of you!
Have you ever heard of or seen ground cherries? These aren’t the typical red cherries that we are all familiar with ground into a paste. They are a beautiful little yellow-orange round fruit, similar to a small tomato, but covered by a papery husk like a tomatillo. They are sweet little berries, and have a pineapple-like flavor with a hint of tomato. Sounds like a strange combo, I know, but they are surprisingly delicious!
So, what to do with these ground cherries you ask? Add them into a basic muffin recipe for a new twist. These muffins are a fun way to start your day as a delicious breakfast treat.
Ground Cherry Muffins
Makes 12 Muffins
1 3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup ground cherries, halved
Preheat oven to 400o.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, combine egg, milk and oil. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir everything together until well incorporated. Add in the ground cherries.
Line a muffin tin with paper liners or lightly grease with a cooking spray. Fill each muffin tin 3/4 full with the batter and back in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.