Ground Cherry Salsa

By Katie Williams | Published 2019-08-17

Total time: 15 mins | Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 10 mins

Yield: 1 cup of salsa | Nutritional guidelines: 256 calories per serving

Category: Side Dish | Cuisine: American
Keywords: Salsa, Dip

(4.7 based on 3 ratings)

Ground cherry salsa is the perfect sweet-savory salsa to go with grilled fish, on top of chicken, in your favorite taco or of course with tortilla chips. The orange ground cherries not only taste delicious, they also add great color to your salsa.


  • 3/4 cup ground cherries (150 g)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 red chili, minced
  • juice of half lime
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. Remove husk from ground cherries and rinse well.
  2. Cut ground cherries in half and put in a small bowl.
  3. Add onion, cilantro and chili to the ground cherries.
  4. Add lime juice, oil and salt.
  5. Stir to combine.
  6. Keep salsa in the fridge for a few hours before serving.


  • If you want a different consistency for the golden berry salsa, you can put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times. Be careful not to make it too soupy.
  • A variation on this recipe is to add (roasted) tomatoes or cherry tomatoes.

Diet / allergy information

This recipe is:

  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Eggless
  • Without added sugar
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Adopted from a recipe by Valeria Necchio.
Nutrition information is calculated using an online API and should be considered an estimate.

More information about the ground cherry

Ground cherry plant
Ground cherry plant - Source: Capri23auto via

A ground cherry is a fruit, known under a variety of other names: golden berry, husk cherry, husk tomato, cape gooseberry, Inca berry, Peruvian groundcherry, and poha berry. Originally from the Andes, it is cultivated worldwide in tropical and subtropical areas.

Ground cherries are orange in color when ripe, and their most notable feature is the light brown, papery husk which encloses them, making them resemble a tomatillo. The husk (not edible) ensures that the fruit is protected against insects.

Ripe ground cherries in a bowl
Ground cherries - Source: stevepb via

Besides being known for medicinal properties, they are delicious to use in the kitchen. Their taste is hard to define, sweet to sweet-sour, resembling pineapple according to some. The season for ground cherries is June and July.

Further ground cherry recipe ideas

  • In a green salad.
  • In a fruit salad (e.g. together with strawberries and raspberries).
  • As breakfast topping.
  • In a ground cherry pie.
  • As a cake topping.
  • In combination with ice cream or whipped cream.
  • As decoration.
Ground cherries used as breakfast topping.
Ground cherries as breakfast topping - Source: DraCat via
Ground cherry used as decoration.
Ground cherry as decoration next to a cake - Source: monika1607 via

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