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Is this a ground cherry? Tomatillo?

7 years ago

I planted ground cherries and tomatillos for the first time this year. Bought the plants at a nursery. They are growing about 20' apart. Both varieties have gone crazy and would take over the entire garden if not corralled. The fruits on the left in the photo are tomatillos and look exactly like they should. The fruits on the right are the ground cherries but are much MUCH bigger than any photos of ground cherries I've been able to find. They fall to the ground and are the yellow-orange color of the fruit that has been cut open. They have a funky musty-sweet flavor that I personally don't care for. I made some into jam with lots of other flavors (lemon and lime juice, fresh ginger) and it was pretty good, but I don't think I would like a pie made out of them and eating them fresh is - well - nauseating. I have read that tomatillos and ground cherries don't cross-pollinate; that was my first thought. Can anyone shed some light on whether these really are a ginormous variety of ground cherry?

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