Ground Cherry and Vanilla Compote

  • Preparation 10 MIN
    Cooking 30 MIN
  • Makes 500 ml (2 cups)



  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the ground cherries, sugar, and lemon juice. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. With the tip of a knife, scrape the vanilla seeds and drop them into the pan with the pod. If using vanilla extract, add it after cooking.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer for about 25 minutes or until the cooking juices are slightly syrupy.
  3. Pour into sterilized jars.
  4. Serve with toast, cookies or vanilla cake.


Ground cherries are fairly unknown and are easily grown in the garden. It is a yellow-orange fruit hidden in a large papery husk. It is often used as garnish, but can also be eaten raw or cooked. This annual plant, reaching 1 meter, requires full sun and a long growing season. Harvesting takes place in August and September when the fruit falls naturally on the ground. You must plant several bushes to get a plentiful harvest.

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