I want to know what the red papery pods are hanging next to the braided garlic. My google-fu has failed me in figuring this out, and it doesn't mention it in the associated article. Any help would be appreciated.
Looks like Chinese lantern (also known as Japanese lantern, among other things.) Here's the Wikipedia page on it:
They are so lovely, we used to grow those at the commercial nursery I worked at...They were one of my favorites...
I don't recall if you can eat them..I think inside the little "lanterns" you can eat the seed pod or something...It was years ago though so my memory might be failing me.
Physalis is their latin name I believe!
When I worked at the nursery we used the latin name for everything...I have forgotten more than I can even remember (oh wow I need to wake up!)...
Oh yeah, they did. Queued by my brain and said by my mouth, apparently neither of them checked in with the other to see WHAT THE HECK THEY WERE DOING!
In my (paltry) defence, it was very early on a Monday morning and i was on my way to work. I was buying grapes. No possibility of mistaking those for an STD... The guy did at least laugh (at me, not with me) so i guess i am glad he realised right away that i was an idiot and not seriously enquiring after his sexual health.
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