Ground Cherry Jam

This recipe was shared by CSA member Elaine. She comments, “if you haven’t eaten all your ground cherries and want to make preserves with them, try this ground cherry marmalade. It’s from a blog that doesn’t exist anymore. Really yummy.”

Ground Cherry Jam


  • 4-5 cups ground cherries de-papered
  • 1/2 cup water or more as needed
  • 1 orange whole with the rind, but no seeds, and cut into 1/8th inch slices, give or take, then chopped into little chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 1.75 oz packet pectin


  1. Remove husks from the ground cherries, then measure the first time.
  2. Put cherries in large stew pot and crush so that they are all at least broken.
  3. Heat to a boil along with enough water to get them to cook without burning, about ½ cup.
  4. Boil 2 minutes.
  5. Measure cooked berries, this is the amount of sugar to add later.
  6. Return ground cherries to the pot.
  7. Add the chopped orange with any juice that is oozing away.
  8. Add ground cinnamon if using, and the pectin.
  9. Bring mixture to full boil, boil 1 minute.
  10. Add sugar in an amount equal to the volume of cooked ground cherries.
  11. Bring to full boil for 5 minutes.
  12. Put into jars and hot water bath process for 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Yield: about 5 half pints