Tomatillo, De Milpa, potted plant, organically grown

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A tomatillo is a small, green, spherical fruit that looks like a small tomato. In fact, tomatillo means "little tomato" in Spanish. Yet they are a distant relative and are in fact a nightshade in the ground cherry family, likewise, covered in a papery husk that must be peeled away before use. They are sweet, tart, subtly fruity, and a bit earthy, have small to medium-round fruits, that will blush with purple and store fresh for several weeks. They're ready to eat when the husks start to slightly split open at the bottom. Tomatillos can be eaten raw or cooked. They're perhaps most often associated with green enchilada sauce or salsa verde, which is a favorite in our household. You can store tomatillos at room temperature or in the fridge. No matter how you store them, it's best to leave them in their husks until you're ready to cook. They will produce huge yields and you will need to plant at least two in your garden to ensure proper pollination. The growing process is extremely easy and almost identical to tomatoes. They will grow 3'-4' tall and spread 2'-3' wide. If you plan on growing with a trellis plant 24" apart and if you plan to let them sprawl on the ground then they will need to be 36"-48" apart. Yet either way they won't disappoint!

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