Drott's Yellow Ground Cherry
‘Drotts Yellow’ boasts a tasty, sweet, fruity flavor that sets it apart from other ground cherries. Its husks turn first yellow and then brown at peak maturity, when the half-inch fruits drop to the ground from large, sprawling, and highly productive plants. Exchange lister Thomas Jerde acquired this variety in 1986 when he bought a home in Minneapolis from the Albert Drotts family and discovered the ground cherry growing in the garden.
- 55 days from transplant
- From the Collection for
- Prolific and super sweet
- Fruits grow to ½ to ¾ inch
- Fruits have a papery husk
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
These fruits have a flavor something like a tomato crossed with a pineapple and strawberry - distinct but not unpleasant! It makes a great addition to salads and is often used to make jam or pies.
For a sweet treat, carefully unwrap the husks from the ground cherries, making sure to keep them attached to the fruit. Then dip the fruit in melted chocolate, using the husk as a handle, and arrange on a cold plate. You can chill them for a few hours until the chocolate hardens and then serve to guests as an appetizer or party snack.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Plant out when the danger of frost has passed. Excellent results when grown on landscape cloth, which suppresses weeds and makes collecting the fruits easier.
- Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 14 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 12-18” Apart
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Productive and sweet
I've grown this variety in Connecticut for a few years running and I love it. Robust plants with sweet fruits. Check daily once they start ripening -- very productive! Six plants in one raised bed gave me plenty for snacking and making jam.
Grew in pots in W. Nebraska, worked great!
by Ned Ryerson
Planted these in Western Nebraska in pots, and by mid august these 3 plants were prolifically producing, very satisfied.
Prolific and easy care!
by S. Jones
Easily germinated, vigorous and healthy plants. Started producing by mid July here (zone 6a). My favorite out of the three varieties I have tried, as it seems to have NO 'tomato' or vegetal aftertaste. Delicious and SWEET!