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Tomatillo


Physalis ixocarpa

Tomatillo

If you love to eat Mexican food, grow tomatillos! Resembling tiny green tomatoes, they have a delightfully citrusy, acidic flavor that's wonderful in salsas for dipping and sauces for cooking, as in chile verde. Grow tomatillos as you would tomatoes. Plant in rich soil after danger of spring frost has passed. Cage or stake plants to keep fruit off the ground. The 2- to 3-inch diameter fruits will develop inside intriguing papery husks.

Light:
Sun
Plant Type:
Vegetable
Plant Height:
2-6 feet tall
Plant Width:
2-6 feet wide
Top Varieties

'Purple' tomatillo features purple skin and sweet purple-tinged flesh that makes a uniquely colored salsa. It matures in 65 days.
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'Toma Verde' tomatillo is an early variety that matures in just 60 days. Its green fruits turn yellow at maturity.
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Harvest Tips
Remove fruits from the plant when husks turn tan and split open and the fruits inside are firm. Collect them frequently because ripe tomatillos can drop to the ground and rot. If frost is expected, remove the entire plant and hang it upside down in a sheltered location to ripen the remaining fruits. Like tomatoes, they will continue to ripen after harvest.
Propagation
Seed