Answer: Sounds as though your plants are 'Tomatillo', or husk tomato, a relative of regular tomatoes, but a completely different fruit. When the papery husk turns tan, the tomatillo's are ready for harvest. The fruits are used in South American cooking, and they are usually cooked to bring out their full flavor. Simmer for 5-10 minutes in a pot of water, then use in chili rellenos, salsa verde, guacamole, or other sauces or dips. The tomatillos add a nice sweet-sour flavor to dishes.
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