Ground Cherry Pie

One of the things that I’ve been picking up every week at the farmer’s markets (from Wayward Seed Farms in particular) is ground cherries – after trying them for the first time at Alana’s, I discovered how tasty they were just to pop them in your mouth for a snack. However, mouth popping gets old, and this week I wanted to find a way to use them in a recipe.

As it’s not a very popular fruit, there weren’t a ton of recipes available online, but once I saw old Mennonite recipe for ground cherry pie, I knew I’d have to try it this way. Unfortunately, I only had a pint of ground cherries (this recipe needs about 2-3 pints), so I improvised and made little mini-pies with free form crusts in ramekins. I cut the crumb/sugar by about half, and used store-bought pie crust. It’s easily one of the best pies I’ve ever had. The ground cherries, at least in this incarnation, have a peachy/pineappley taste. I am going to go out of my way to buy multiple pints of ground cherries next week so I can make a full-sized pie.

Ground Cherry Pie

Ground Cherry Pie
recipe courtesy AllRecipes

2 1/2 cups ground cherries
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water
1 (9 inch) pie shell

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Wash ground cherries and place in unbaked pie shell. Mix brown sugar and 1 tablespoon flour and sprinkle over cherries. Sprinkle water over top. Mix together 3 tablespoons flour and 3 tablespoons sugar. Cut butter in until crumbly. Top cherry mixture with crumbs.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, reduce temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and continue to bake for 25 minutes.

3 thoughts on “Ground Cherry Pie

  1. ShellyJ

    Thanks for the great idea. We too discovered ground cherries this season. Leave it to the Mennonites to develop a pie for them! I had to improvise as well, and ultimately ended up using some cream cheese in lieu of butter. Nevertheless, it was still fabulous.

  2. ShellyJ

    Hey, it's ground cherry time again! Ground cherries have arrived at the Clintonville Market so I'm looking up this fabulous recipe that I found last year (51 wks ago to be exact) on your site…Thanks so much for the recipe and keep up the good work!

  3. Marco

    they are also super easy to grow, and are excellent for growing on a patio. The berries just drop off the plant when they are ripe and you just pick them up off of the patio. You should get some seeds out of one of the ground cherries you buy, and plant them. You will not be disappointed. We grow TONS of them.

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