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Husk Cherry and Goat Cheese Salad

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November 13th, 2007 · Print Print

It’s not often that I come across a fruit or vegetable that I’ve never tried, or even heard of, before. In fact, I think the last time it happened was when I discovered that morels were mushrooms, which was at least two years ago. But I had eaten mushrooms before. These, on the other hand, were pretty much completely new.

I noticed a bin labeled “husk cherries” at the Union Square Greenmarket yesterday, and of course, I had to try them. The seller recommended using them raw in a salad or dipping them in chocolate. Since I was already buying lettuce and herbed goat cheese, I went the salad route.

They don’t taste like cherries, or really like anything I’ve eaten before. The insides are full of tiny seeds, kind of like a cross between a strawberry and a tomato. To me, they taste a little bit sweet, and very, very wild, like something you would find growing on a vine somewhere, and hope that they didn’t poison you. I’m surprised they haven’t popped up in innovative New York restaurants yet, but maybe I’m ahead of the curve?

Here’s what the finished salad looks like:

Husk Cherry and Goat Cheese Salad

INGREDIENTS:
1 pound field greens, washed
1/2 pound husk cherries (substitute green grapes for a somewhat similar flavor)
4 ounces herbed goat cheese (I used basil and garlic goat cheese, also from the farmer’s market)
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp basalmic vinegar
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp coarse sea salt (I used pink sea salt)
Pinch of black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
1. Wash lettuce, remove cherries from their husks, and wash. Dry.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
3. Mix together lettuce, husk cherries, and dressing. Divide onto four plates.
4. Thinly slice goat cheese, and distribute slices onto plates (3-4 slices per plate). Serve.

Serves 4.


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Tags: food · salads



9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Núria // Nov 14, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Hi! I’ve found your blog through the leftoverqueen forum, I’m also participating in the joust.
    I’ve never seen this husk cherries before, I wonder if I could find them here in Barcelona, I might look for them in the Central Market and let you know…
    Nice blog!!!

  • 2 Núria // Nov 14, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Hi! I’ve found your blog through the leftoverqueen forum, I’m also participating in the joust.
    I’ve never seen this husk cherries before, I wonder if I could find them here in Barcelona, I might look for them in the Central Market and let you know…
    Nice blog!!!

  • 3 Katy // Nov 14, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks! Let me know if you find them!  I *love* adding a little fruit to my salads, so these were a nice discovery!

  • 4 MyKitchenInHalfCups // Nov 17, 2007 at 10:57 am

    I’d have to say those have got to be unusual.  I’ve not seen them, now I must look.
    Love the salad.

  • 5 MyKitchenInHalfCups // Nov 17, 2007 at 10:59 am

    This is kind of interesting:
    http://www.bloominghillfarm.com/fresh_now_folder/produce_pages/tomato_huskcherry.html

  • 6 Katy // Nov 18, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Thanks!  It was such a fun farmer’s market find.  The moment I saw them, I knew I had to try them out!

    The picture in your link is exactly what they looked like!  It suggests using them in a pie — I bet that would be really really good!

  • 7 Lisa I // Jul 10, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Our CSA grows these and they are called Ground Cherries.  They are related to the tomatillo.  They sort of have a taste of a cross between a pinapple and a tomato.  They are good for pie or jam!!

    Here is a link with a pie recipe

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/1981-07-01/Ground-Cherry-Pie.aspx

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