Friday, March 06, 2015

Ground Cherry Fail

I tried, I really tried.

I grew these babies from seeds, to harvest, and then peeled and froze them until I had enough to make an exotic jam. To be honest, their flavor had never completely won me over and was convinced they would turn into something beautiful once ladled into a jar. But you know what they say about lipstick and pigs.

To me, they honestly smell better than they taste. Their smell is a haunting cross between a ripe pineapple and mango. Their taste, well, when they are fresh they do have a kind of pineapple-ly/mango flavor, but really it's more of meh to me. When frozen, their flavor dulls even more and they taste like...cotton candy. No real distinction, just cloyingly sweet and a hint of vanilla.

So, I tried to make Rosemary Gound Cherry Jam and it tasted like Christmas tree flavored cotton candy. Then, thinking I needed something more bright, I tried Orange Ground Cherry and it tasted like an orange flavored Otter Pop. Bleh!

My rule-of-thumb when it comes to canning is, "if I don't love it, I don't can it". Otherwise, it's a waste of time and effort because I won't want to share something I don't love myself. So, this huge, gallon sized bag of frozen ground cherries went into the garbage. I didn't want to throw them into the compost pile, as I'm sure I already have no less than 1,000 ground cherry seeds waiting to sprout as it is.

You win some, you lose some, right?

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