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As though you needed another reason to head over to 14th Street NW, West Elm opened a sparkling new store Thursday on the District’s boulevard of urban cool.
Joining the hot restaurant scene and string of stylish home shops are West Elm’s capiz orb pendants and reclaimed wood dining tables. There’s a shimmer and whiff of the holidays in trees and ornaments set up near the front windows. The store, at 1728 14th St. NW, is the third area location for the Brooklyn-based chain of 67 stores.
When I toured the small garden of an urban nonprofit recently, I was smiling at the sight of the greens and herbs and tomatoes, asking questions and nodding, right up until the volunteer gardener said the following: “Of course, we’re putting it to bed for the season.”
Every year I try out something new in the garden. It might be a hybrid making a heralded debut or an old-time crop making a comeback. This year’s experiment, husk cherry (Physalis pruinosa, also called ground cherry), is something of a wild child, not a cherry at all but an unimproved tomato relative. The golden, marble-sized fruits sport tufts of dry husk at one end, like little rabbit ears. They’re deliciously sweet with a bit of tartness and a flavor all their own and are often served as a tasty garnish.