Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Chinese Lanterns

When we saw this fruit in the store, it brought back memories. When Phil was a little boy, he and his friends would find them on the ground and eat them. I had never seen such a thing before!



Their correct name is Physalis, or Ground Cherries. But people call them Chinese Lantern Plants, Aztec Berry, Bladder Berry and many other names.



They are completely enclosed in a papery husk, and can be used in the same ways a tomato can. I think they are so cute!



“Then God said, “I’ve given you every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth And every kind of fruit-bearing tree, given them to you for food. To all animals and all birds, everything that moves and breathes, I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.” And there it was.”

Genesis 1




17 comments:

reana claire said...

Oh, they can be eaten? I wonder how they taste like... very nice yellow... looks like cherries but only the color is different.. :)

Margaret Adamson said...

Years ago I have drawn this but I never thought of eating Them

Anne said...

I think I've seen these around. I had no idea they were edible. So pretty.

crafty cat corner said...

We grew these on our allotment one year, they grew very easily and are really nice, Ilm surprised more people do not grow them.
Briony
x

Nancy Chan said...

I have tasted this berry before and one day I found a plant growing in one of my flower pot! The local ones are smaller in size. I used to pick the wild ones and ate them when I was a kid. Good thing they are not poisonous!

Tanya Breese said...

oh these are neat! i've never heard of them or seen them before! now i need to be on the lookout for them! if you have them there, i imagine there must be some here!

LV said...

I have been around a long time, but do not remember ever seeing these.

Sandra said...

I have never seen one I real life, but have seen them many times in blog land.. and they are beautiful. you are the first to say they are edible. wow... pretty and edible.

Lady Jane said...

I never knew you could eat these. They haven't made it to my grocery store yet. What do they taste like? Hugs, LJ

Kim@stuffcould.... said...

Wow I have never seen those. Its amazing the different foods and flowers etc that God did put on the earth

Tamago said...

They are beautiful! We use them during Obon festival in Japan. I remember they are used as part of decoration. Though, the color is different - they were more red/orange as I remember. Your photos brought back memories to me, too :-)

Ruth Hiebert said...

You certainly have pretty pictures of these. My Auntie used to make jam out of these.I must adit that I never really liked it.Later I found out that this was one of Jake's favourite jams, so I did try to make it
I wasn't very successful, probably cause I didn't like it at all.

Ann said...

Totally fascinating. I have never heard of these before

Rose said...

We always called them just ground cherries...I like Chinese lanterns better!

Carla from The River said...

Hello Friend,
Guess what? I grew ground cherries for the first time in our garden this season! I canned some too. I made a pie with them, it was so good.
My son Atticus can eat them like candy, he loves them.
xx oo
Carla

SweetMarie said...

I would love to try one! I've never heard of these until now. :)

L. D. said...

I have never seen these before this posting. The verse is wonderful.