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Monday, March 16, 2020

Goldenberry & Blueberry Pie

Turn goldenberries and blueberries into a simple crumble topped pie. It's a perfectly easy way to turn the fun fruit into a delicious dessert!

Melissa's Produce sent me a box of fresh produce for recipe development. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.

slice of blueberry and goldenberry pie with crumble topping and scoop of ice cream on plate

       These yellow berries wrapped in papery husks look so fun and interesting. Luckily they can easily be prepped and turned into a variety of dishes. They work for everything from salsas to muffins. Our favorite way to enjoy them however is this simple pie!

        Have you ever seen this mysterious fruit before? It's wrapped in a papery husk like a tomatillo, but it's a smaller, sweeter yellow fruit inside.

      When you peel back the paper a slightly sticky yellow cherry tomato sized ball emerges. Rinse off that tacky coating and you are ready to go to work creating a recipe.

goldenberry in husk and two peeled back on a hand

      It seems so different from most fruits and a little foreign, but they actually grow  here in the midwest.  We call them ground cherries here, but you can pick them up at the store in a Melissa's clamshell labeled goldenberries.

      It turns out they are also known as cape gooseberries. Mostly it depends on the region you live in or perhaps where you grew up.

      We were first introduced to this fun fruit a few years ago.  My brother plants a huge garden at my parents' farm.

ground cherries, some in husk and a few peeled with yellow fruit showing

     He grows a lot of the things you would expect, but he also loves to try new things. A few years ago ground cherries were one of those new things.

     He brought home a huge bag of them and we spent the better part of an evening removing the husks. He froze most of them and made this delicious pie with some of them.

     The second I saw them in the mix of yellow sunshine inspired produce Melissa's sent, I knew I had to make that pie again. I didn't have quite enough to fill the pie shell, so I supplemented with some blueberries.

pie shell filled with fruit sprinkled with brown sugar and flour with a bowl of crumble topping

    My high school colors were blue and gold, so it just seemed right! Plus the sweet tart goldenberries seemed like they would blend nicely with the sweet blueberries.

      Luckily it is super simple to put together.  Once you get the crust in the pan, you just fill it with fruit.

    Sprinkle it with a little sugar and flour. Then whip up a quick crumble and spread that over the top.

lifting a slice of pie out of the pan

    The flour will help set the filling as it bakes.  The nutmeg add that little bit of extra depth of flavor.

     As with most fruit pies, this is delicious served on its own. Of course it's even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream!

      Next time you're at the store or farmer's market, you'll have to keep your eyes out for some goldenberries. It'll be a perfect excuse to bake a pie!

For more great fruit pie recipes, be sure to check out my peach rhubarb pie or tart cherry pie.  Both are fabulous with a scoop of ice cream.  Or make all three and have a fruity pie buffet!

ground cherry pie, goldenberry pie
Yield: 12 servings

Goldenberry & Blueberry Pie

Goldenberry & Blueberry Pie

Turn goldenberries and blueberries into a simple crumble topped pie. It's a perfectly easy way to turn the fun fruit into a delicious dessert!
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 45 MTotal time: 55 M


Fruit Filling
  • Pie pasty for 1 9" pie
  • 2 cups goldenberries
  • 12 ounce blueberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
Crumb Topping
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • dash ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt


How to cook Goldenberry & Blueberry Pie

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Roll out pie crust and place in 9" pie plate. Crimp edges as desired.
  3. Spread blueberries in crust and top with goldenberries (out of their husks.)
  4. Sprinkle with brown sugar and flour.
  5. In a small bowl, cut together the crumble ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over pie filling.
  6. Bake at 425 F for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 375 F and bake for 25-30 more.  Watch the crust and cover with aluminum foil or a pie guard if needed. (It may take a little extra time if your blueberries were frozen like mine.  You want the filling to be bubbling, otherwise you'll have a runny filling.)
  7. Allow to cool before cutting and serving. 

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Turn goldenberries into a simple crumble topped pie. It's a perfectly easy way to turn the fun fruit into a delicious dessert!


  1. Carlee, thanks for joining me in celebrating Spring with the Melissa's Produce box. Now I just need to get my hands on more goldenberries so I can try your pie. I love that your brother actually grew these. How fun!

    1. Thanks for thinking of me! I always love trying new to me produce and we have found some fun new favorites over the years. This mixture was a big hit, the pie was gone in one night!

  2. My dad would love to have a slice of this pie! Ground Cherries and Blueberries are his most favorite foods!

  3. This sounds amazing!!! What a cool way to use the goldenberries!!


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