Posted: 09/10/2012 at 23:29
I have grown these for several years and have usualy Harvested a good crop I find the best way is growing them as outside tomato's but in the ground and not pots as it was first suggested to me.
Sow the seed inside ,same as tomato's ( germination is not long). prick out etc . I plant out when weather is warming up and after all signs of a frost . ( I live in s. yorkshire , I plant out from June onwards ) .Stake the plants well for support. They get thick branchlike stems but snap easily, A beautiful yellow flower turns into a cherry type fruit with a papery calyx . Similar to chinese lanterns.But dont get them mixed up . The fruits last a long time when picked and are good for jams and pies. a friend of mine dipps the berry in melted choc for christmas tasties! They are good to eat fresh too!
Sadly this year there has not been enough sun so I have had a failed crop .
Another unusual fruit / veg ? to grow is the Tomatillo. These grow the same , you can get a purple one too. Raw they are a refreshing fruit and taste a bit like rubarb but not sour or dry .
Hope this helps.