This unusual deep purple tomatillo makes an ideal salsa with its sweet tart flavor. The tomatillos are encased in paper-thin heart-shaped husks that go from light green to burlap-colored as the tomatillos ripen. The tomatillos themselves will turn purple when ripe. Very decorative as a garnish and great grilled.
Though tomatillos resemble the look of a tomato, their flavorings are starkly different. As tomatoes sweeten with maturity, the purple tomatillo is fruitier and truly sweet-tart. Purple tomatillos are less tart than their green counterpart, and cooking them will enhance their flavor while also imparting a greater depth of sweetness.
Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!
|Botanical Name||Physalis ixocarpa|
|Min. Time to Germinate||4 Days|
|Max. Time to Germinate||21 Days|
|Depth to Sow Seeds||1/4 in.|
|When to Sow||Indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost|
|Growing Height||24-36 in. (60-90 cm)|
|Plant Spacing||24-36 in. (60-90 cm)|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil pH Requirements||6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)|
|Days to Harvest||90-100|
|Propagation Methods||From seed; sow indoors before last frost|
|Seed Collecting||Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds|
|Seeds Per Pack||25|