20 Seeds PURPLE TOMATILLO, Organic, Husk Tomato, Miltomate, Physalis

20 Seeds PURPLE TOMATILLO, Organic, Husk Tomato, Miltomate, Physalis

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                     PURPLE Tomatillo

                      20 Seeds  Organic

70 days from transplanting. Everything about this exciting tomatillo is an improvement over plain green varieties. The fruit is larger and sweeter; the plant sports purple-tinged leaves; the flavor improves dramatically the longer you leave the fruit on the plant. If you are looking to add tomatillos to your vegetable garden -- or simply want to try something a bit new in the tomatillo family -- give Purple a whirl this season!

A mainstay of Mexican cuisine, Purple Tomatillo can be eaten fresh, right off the plant, or roasted to bring out its sweet, tart, complex flavor. It's a nice addition to salsa and sauces, too. Purple earns its name with violet tones that go right through from the skin to the flesh of the fruit, which can reach the size of a baseball but is more commonly a bit smaller.

The secret to growing Purple Tomatillo is patience. The fruit can be picked green if frost threatens, but is best left in its tan husk to ripen. At some point, the husk will split, and then the green fruits will really turn purple, acquiring a deeper and richer flavor as they do so. If you can hold off eating them until this occurs, you will really taste the difference!

A mature tomatillo will have filled its husk, have a firm, waxy exterior and a moist, cottony seed-bearing flesh. Though, the fruit 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 with citrus flavors of lemon and lime and sub-acid flavors of plum and pear. Purple tomatillos are less tart than their green counterpart and cooking them will enhance their flavor while also imparting a greater depth of sweetness.

Purple tomatillos lend themselves to many different cooking methods. They can be stewed, fire roasted, grilled, broiled, blanched, puréed, chopped fresh and utilized as an ingredient in applications both hot and cold. Traditional and authentic accompanying ingredients include corn, tomatoes, garlic, chilies, avocado, red, white and black beans, tortillas, fresh and aged cheeses. Tomatillos can heighten the flavor of pork, chicken and seafood in Latin recipes as well as seasonal and regional recipes throughout the months of late Summer and Fall. Herbal companions include cilantro, basil, mint, epazote, cumin and oregano. As Purple tomatoes deliver more sweetness, they can also be utilized to make marmalades, jams and preserves. Once tomatillos are removed front their husk, they should be washed to remove the slightly sticky film from the skin's surface. Fresh tomatillos in their husks will stay fresh refrigerated in a paper bag for up to two weeks. Cooked tomatillos can also be preserved by canning them or freezing them for later use.

Height 4-6’.  Heavy yielding, 5-7 lb per plant. Fully ripe fruit will fall from the plant.

I have 3 varieties of Tomatillo seeds and 3 varieties of Ground Cherry seeds for sale.

All About Tomatillo
 also known as

Husk Tomato, Mexican Groundcherry,  Mexican Husk Tomato, Miltomate, Tomate de Cáscara, Tomate de Fresadilla, Tomate Milpero, Tomate Verde, Physalis philadelphica

Tomatillos grow in the summer garden just like their relatives: tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. In fact, the leaves look a little like the foliage of eggplant, but the fruit is like no other.

Tomatillos are meatier than tomatoes; fruit color ranges from green through yellow and red to purple, depending on variety and ripeness. Tomatillo fruit can be as small as ½ inch in diameter or up to 2 to 3 inches, depending on variety.  They are sweet and tart at the same time.

You will need two or more tomatillo plants for the blooms to be pollinated and fruit to be produced. 

Tomatillos are ridiculously easy to grow. You should start plants indoors 3-8 weeks before the last frost date for transplanting them into the garden. Set plants in the garden in spring after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has begun to warm. Choose a sunny location, and enrich the soil with compost. You can set plants deep like you would a tomato, burying nearly 2/3 of the plant. Space plants about 3 feet apart with a trellis or cage to support them as they grow. Getting them off the ground enhances air circulation and discourages fungus problems on the foliage during periods of high humidity.

Treat tomatillos as you would tomatoes, keeping the soil evenly moist. Mulch will help conserve moisture while keeping down weeds. Can be grown as container plants. Time from planting to harvest is about 65-100 days.

 If kept picked, the plants keep setting new fruit until frost. They produce a lot of fruit, and the more you pick, the more flowers the plant will set.  The plant needs full sun. It will grow in any soil suitable for tomatoes but not in wet situations.

Edible at any stage. So how do you know when they’re ripe?  There are a couple of ways.  When the fruit bursts out of its papery cocoon, or when the papery cocoon gets really dried out, it is ready to be picked. You can actually pick them before they are officially ripe, but they’ll just be more tart and less sweet.  For green varieties, fruit that is more yellow will be sweeter; for purple varieties, fruit should be more purple than green for sweetness. With both varieties, a green fruit means a tart fruit.  They will continue to ripen once brought inside.

The unhusked fresh fruits can be stored in single layers in a cool, dry atmosphere for several months. Mexican and Central American people may pull up the entire plant with fruits attached and hang it upside-down in a dry place until the fruits are needed.

Suggestions for use include recipes for stewing, frying, baking, cooking with chopped meat, and making into soup, marmalade, jam and dessert sauce. The fruit is an excellent addition to salads and curries. Blended with garlic, onions, and herbs like cumin and cilantro, tomatillos lend themselves well to lively recipes such as enchiladas, tacos, and burritos.

Health Benefits of Tomatillos

Digestive Health: Most vegetables possess a high level of dietary fiber, and tomatillos are no exception. This means that they are very good for digestive health, as fiber can help add bulk to foods and speed their transit through the digestive tract, thereby eliminating constipation, excess gas, bloating, cramping, and even more serious conditions like colon cancer and gastric ulcers. Furthermore, fiber is very good at regulating the release of carbohydrates (simple sugars) into the bloodstream, thereby regulating blood sugar levels, which is important for people suffering from diabetes, who need to strictly control their glucose and insulin levels.

Cancer Prevention: Tomatillos contain unique antioxidant phytochemicals called withanolides, which have been directly linked to anti-cancer and antibacterial functions. Antioxidants help to combat the effects of free radicals, which are the dangerous byproducts of cellular reproduction that can kill or mutate healthy cells and turn them into cancerous cells.  Furthermore, the vitamin A, vitamin C, and flavonoids within tomatillos provide other cancer-protective effects, particularly in terms of lung and oral cancers.

Immune System Health: The vitamin C found in tomatillos can help to boost the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells, the body’s primary line of defense against foreign agents and pathogens. Vitamin C is also a key component of collagen production, which supports the health and creation of skin tissue, as well as the cells and tissues that make up our organs and blood vessels, increasing the body’s sustainability and metabolic functions.

Vision Health: Vitamin A has long been connected to the health of our vision. Tomatillos also contain beta carotene, a derivative of vitamin A, that functions as an antioxidant and prevents macular degeneration, cataracts, and other conditions that can affect the health of our eyes.

Weight Loss Efforts: Tomatillos are one of those preferred vegetables for people who are trying to lose weight. High-nutrient, low-calorie, and low-fat vegetables with high fiber content, like tomatillos, help people to feel full, acquire the necessary nutrients on a daily basis, and reduce the chances of overeating, because they feel satiated. Tomatillos are ideal if you are trying to reduce obesity for a healthier lifestyle.

Energy Levels: Niacin is a member of the B-family of vitamins that is often overlooked in human health. Niacin is a key element in the enzymatic processes that break down food and complex molecules into usable energy for the body. by increasing the availability of this energy and making the process more efficient, the niacin found in tomatillos can give you a sustainable boost of energy throughout your day.

Blood Pressure and Heart Health: The positive ratio of potassium:sodium in tomatillos means that your blood pressure can be reduced. Potassium is a vasodilator, meaning that it relaxes blood vessels, reduces the strain on the cardiovascular system, and promotes circulation and oxygenation to vital areas of the body. Furthermore, when combined with a high fiber content, which can reduce “bad” cholesterol levels, tomatillos can promote heart health by reducing the chances of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

Food Value Per 3,5oz (100 g)

Moisture

90.4-91.7 g

Protein

0.171-0.7 g

Fat

0.6 g

Carbohydrates

5.8 g

Fiber

0.6-1.7 g

Ash

0.6-0.69 g

Calcium

6.3-10.9 mg

Magnesium

23 mg

Phosphorus

21.9-40 mg

Phytin Phosphorus

7 mg

Iron

0.57-1.4 mg

Ionisable Iron

1.0 mg

 

 

Sodium

0.4 mg

Potassium

243 mg

Copper

0.09 mg

Sulfur

27 mg

Chloride

14 mg

Carotene (Vitamin A)

80 I.U. or 0.061-0.074 mg

Thiamine

0.054-0.106 mg

Riboflavin

0.023-0.057 mg

Niacin

2.1-2.7 mg

Ascorbic Acid

2-4.8 mg

    

                Tomatillos Nutrition Facts

                

Serving Size: 3.5oz (100 g) of chopped tomatillos

                                                            Amt. Per Serving

Calories

32

Carbohydrates

6

Sugar

4 g

Fiber

2 g

Protein

1 g

Fat

1 g