Purple Tomatillo

Certified Organic Seed

Physalis ixocarpa

Deep purplish green fruits ripen to yellow.

Tomatillos are a force of a nature. They grow like weeds into lush plants the size of small trees and yield huge quantities of fruit that, in the right hands, can be turned into spectacularly delicious sauces and salsas. They self-sow readily, tolerate too much water and too little, and attract the eye with their shiny leaves and ornament-like husked fruit. The purple hue of this variety makes for a show-stopping salsa that blushes at the touch of every tortilla chip.

Sprawling heavily branched plants have deep-deep-green leaves and small, pretty, brown-flecked cupped yellow flowers. Fruits start out deep purplish-green and ripen to a light yellowish green with a large purple blush on the bottom. Flavor is great and yield is heavy. Overloaded with fruit? Remove the husks, place in zippered plastic bags, and store in the fridge—they'll last several weeks.

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Start tomatillos 6 weeks before last frost. Transplant outdoors after threat of frost has passed. Tomatillos can be staked to make them easier to handle and take up less space in the garden. A simple 4' wooden stake or 4' section of 1" conduit will suffice per plant. (If growing several plants, stake with a basket weave as you would tomatoes.) Simply tie the stalk to the stake as the plant grows every 6". Harvest fruits when they have filled out the husk. To use, remove the husks and rinse before proceeding with recipe.

Days to Germination 3-10 days
Days to Maturity 65 days from transplant
Planting Depth 0-¼"
Spacing in Row 18-24"
Spacing Between Rows 30-48"
Height at Maturity 30"
Width at Maturity 36"
Sun Preference Full Sun

Artwork by Lillian Edwards. Lillian's work of art uses the texture of banana leaf paper as a backdrop for the plants and fruit, which are illustrated with gesso, India ink, and acrylic. The leaf paper lends a realistic feeling to the husks of the tomatillos.

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