Growing Tomatillo's - Knowledgebase Question

Rancho Mirage, CA
Question by xfid
April 28, 1998
Could you please give me info on growing and harvesting Tomatillos. I ordered them from you and they are doing fine but I cannot find any information on growing or how to harvest them.


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Answer from NGA
April 28, 1998

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The Tomatillo is also known as the husk tomato, although they're not from the tomato family at all. Tomatillo's are Physalis ixocarpa, but the culture is the same as for the tomato. They take about 55 days to mature and like lots of sunshine and heat. Prepare the garden site by adding lots of organic matter, then plant your seeds and water well. The plants will grow in an upright fashion with dark green foliate. After the flowers have been pollinated, green fruits will grow that are covered with a papery covering. When the husks turn from green to brown, the tomatillos are mature and ready to harvest. Just pick them from the plant and remove the husk before using. Most fruit will be between 1" and 2" inches in diameter. Tomatillos are used in green salsa recipes, or cooked for about 5 minutes and added to chili rellenos, or other 'South of the Border' dishes.

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