Physalis longifolia: The Common Ground Cherry / Wild Tomatillo - Possible Cancer Fighting PropertiesSubmitted by bigmikedude on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 16:21
So today I began researching edibility of a pesky little wild plant that grows around here that makes little tomato-like berries in little Chinese lanterns, and I stumble across this article. As my research progressed, I learned this plant, a borderline invasive species in many states, (often found in the garden here, which I usually pulled), is also a potential medicinal breakthrough with anti cancer properties and the fruit within the paper lantern can be edible when ripe (once they fall to the ground) identifiable by the paper lantern like husks. Be certain not to confuse physalis with Solanum - the poisonous nightshades.
It seems that the wild tomatillo /ground cherry may have strong anti-cancer properties against breast cancer, skin cancer, thyroid cancer and brain cancer.
Leaves: (It seems there are many various species - Although it appears to be P. longifolia, I'm still not 100% sure it is yet, but it is one species)
Lantern that the fruit forms inside of:
As it turns out, after learning about it, I walked outside to the pumpkin patch, which the rain this year had pretty much decimated before it could get established, leaving for the most part, a flat barren dirt field.
I hadn't looked at it in a while, but I remembered seeing a few of those little Chinese lantern type plants in the row of potatoes at the bottom of the patch. So I went to look at the empty pumpkin patch.
Look what I found.
I guess we'll be toying with some new recipes this year.