VEGETABLE - HUSK TOMATO, TOMATILLO PURPLE Scientific Name:
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- Part of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family and closely related to the tomato.
- Sprawling annual with heart-shaped leaves - grows more compact and upright than Tomatillo Mexican Strain.
- Bears purple fruit the size of a very large marble surrounded by a thin paper-like husk, formed from the calyx.
- If kept picked, the plants keep setting new fruit until frost.
- Highly self-incompatible - two or more plants are needed for proper pollination - isolated tomatillo plants rarely set fruits.
- Full sun - needs support to keep the fruit off the ground.
- Space 18 to 24 inches apart - spacing plants too close, cuts down air circulation and promotes disease.
- Feed plants regularly, and switch over from nitrogen to higher phosphorous and potassium as the plants grow, to promote flowering and fruit set.
- Time from planting to harvest is about 100 days.
- Can be grown as container plants.
- Tomatillos are meatier than tomatoes.
- Unripe fruit is a bit tart, slightly sweet, earthy, with a hint of citrus and is the key ingredient for Mexican table chili sauces known as salsa verde (green sauce).
- Fully ripe fruits are eaten raw, like tomatoes or it can be dried like raisins.
- Tomatillos can be used to accompany prepared dishes or be used as ingredients in various stews, soups, preserves, pies, jams and other mexican recipes.
- Decorative as a garnish.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
- The fruit.
- Fully ripe fruit will fall from the plant.
- Edible at any stage - ripe when the paper-like husk turns brown and breaks open.
- Will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks - may also be frozen whole or sliced.
- Old North American Indian Herb - used to treat worms, snakebites and earaches.
- Tomatillos are nutritious - they contain Vitamins A and C as well as niacin.
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