- 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.
- Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer for about 25 minutes or until the cooking juices are slightly syrupy.
- Pour into sterilized jars.
- 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.