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A distant relative of the Gooseberry and the Tomato, Tomatillos grow inside their own little papery gift bags. This humble, delicious and fun-to-grow star of Mexican cuisine is enjoying quite a spike in popularity due to their prominent role in snappy salsas, piquant sauces and complex southwestern stews. High in vitamin C and beneficial antioxidants, Tomatillos have a sweet citrusy brightness and seductively compelling flavor. Without a doubt, Tomatillos are best raised as transplants sown indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to being set outside in full sun after the last spring frost date. Once established in the garden, it thrives with virtually no attention, and is seemingly immune to blights, ailments or pesty insects. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 2 years.

Purple Tomatillo

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70 days. Imagine the colorful sauces and salsas you can make with this purplicious Tomatillo! The golf-ball-sized, deep purple fruits have a tart flavor that is sweeter than green Tomatillos, almost plum-like, and they're less sticky, making them a wonderful middle-of-the-garden snack. The color deepens to its best hue after the fruits have been harvested and their papery husks removed. The plants' purple-veined leaves will appeal to the most passionate purple fanatic, too. (OP.)

One packet of about 30 seeds
Catalog #4355
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Gardening Tips

Tomatillo Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
Row Spacing:24”
Plant Spacing:36”
Days to Germination: 3-10 days
Germination Temperature:70°-80°F

Tomatillos are best started indoors: sow thinly in flats or small pots in seed starter mix, 6 weeks before the danger of frost has passed. Provide good ventilation. Keep the soil evenly moist but not wet. Tomatillo transplants need full sunlight to keep from getting leggy. Move single seedlings to 4" pots. Two weeks after the danger of frost has passed, gradually harden off seedlings outdoors and plant in full sunlight in average soil. Avoid over fertilization as the plants will produce leaves rather than fruit. Feed lightly as needed with fish emulsion or manure tea. Tomatillos grow into large, sprawling bushes; if space is an issue, use tomato cages or stakes. Harvest as the fruit inside the husk turns golden-beige and easily separates from the stem. Store in a cool, dry place with the husks intact until ready to use or up to one month. (Never store them in an air-tight container.)

Deer Resistant Seed Varieties

Tasty Toma Verde Tomatillo