I Love Tomatillos

November 15th, 2012
Laughing Duck Farm | Blog

    Tomatillos are a great workhorse in the garden, producing a summer long crop you pick before ripe. They don’t seem to be bothered as much by disease, insects, or other pests, and re-seed themselves readily. You can make great salsa, enchilada sauces, and throw them in most any dish with veggies. What more can you ask for?  About the only downfall is you need to pull off the husk and rinse off the saponificated waxy coating off the fruit.

    I have been growing both the green and purple varieties for years and am hoping to get a good tomatillo cross with tinging of purple for added color paired with the production of the green tomatillos. Next year I want to start my seeds for the ground cherries in the greenhouse along with the tomatillos, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers. The fruit is more orange colored and has a bit of a pineapple or strawberry flavor both sweet and tangy with a good amount of pectin.

    Tomatillos and ground cherries like similar conditions to tomatoes, and many varieties need multiple plants to set fruit. I was happy to learn from Suzanne Ashworth’s book “Seed to Seed”  that the ground cherries, tomatillos, and tomatoes should not cross pollinate with each other in the garden.


One Response to “I Love Tomatillos”

richard washburn Says:
Dec 16th, 2012 at 10:59 am

You should try fermenting tormtillos with a bit of onion and garlic, and the spices that you enjoy.

They are great, and remind me a little of olives!

Richard

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