Tomatillo, Husk Tomato
|This genus includes both the decorative Chinese Lantern and several edible species. Although not well known, Tomatillos are gaining in popularity as more cooks try their hands at Mexican cooking. The cherry-tomato-like fruit are green to yellow when ripe and covered by papery husks which are removed before cooking. The fruit has a sweet, yet lemony taste and may be used raw in salads, sauces or garnishes, or cooked and pureed. Related to Tomatoes, these vining plants are easy to grow in areas with long summers. Best in full sun with staking. Pests and diseases are the same as Tomatoes. Harvest about 100 days from planting.
Cultivated for hundreds of years in Mexico, they add zest to tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, chili rellenos, guacamole, and salsa verde. Yellow or purple fruits sweeten as they ripen. Use much like tomatoes. Usually picked when green and tart for preparing salsa and Mexican dishes.
Attributes - Physalis ixocarpa
Plant Type: Annual
Height: 3 ft. to 4 ft.
Width: 3 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Notes: Edible. Susceptible to Aphids, Caterpillars, Fusarium Wilt, Whiteflies.