Browsing the Union Square Greenmarket today, we came across a large heap of parchment-colored, papery-husked fruits that seemed, at first glance, to be some sort of gooseberry. Actually, they’re husk cherries, a fruit in the nightshade family, like tomatoes and tomatillos. Pop the small, canary yellow sphere out of the husk, and into your mouth, where it gushes like a cherry tomato. But that’s where the similarity to tomatoes end–the husk cherry has a sugary, floral, haunting taste that’s difficult to pin down. Vanilla plus pineapple comes close.
The farmer at Norwich Meadows Farm said that the husk cherries would be in season for just a few more weeks, so try them while you can.