UNAVAILABLE FOR 2021. 70 days. We love tomatillos, also known as miltomates in Guatemala, for the wonderful salsa we make with them. These large purple fruits are sweeter than green tomatillos. Morado is similar to Toma Verde tomatillo, but leaves have purplish veins and fruit are purple and firm when ripe. This is our favorite purple tomatillo for it’s rich, sweet flavor. Remove the paper husk before use. Green, yellow, and purple tomatillos are a staple in Mexican and Guatemalan cuisine. Morado makes a stunningly beautiful purple colored salsa and is our favorite tomatillo for all uses. NN[[end tab]] [[start tab]]
Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):
Very similar to tomatoes. Start inside at least 6 weeks before last frost (around 4/1). Ideal temperature for germination is 85° (use a heating mat). Days to germination: 5-14. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil (with lots of compost or decomposed manure) at a spacing of 18” apart. Stake plants if space is limited. Tomatillos are susceptible to several fungal diseases (including Early and Late Blight and Verticillium Wilt). To prevent blight, keep foliage dry by 1) Pruning plants to allow for good air circulation 2) Water with drip irrigation/soaker hoses. Crop rotation is also key to preventing diseases. Ideally, plant in a spot that has not had any Solanaceae crops (tomato, peppers, eggplant, potatoes) growing there for 4 years.
Fruits are ready for harvest when husk is papery and split. Ripe fruits may also be picked up off the ground. Store fruit with husk on, but remove and wash before eating. Soaking in water can help remove sticky coating left by husk.
Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):
Tomatillos are relatively easy seed-saving crops. They are primarily self-pollinated but may be crossed pollinated by insects when different varieties are planted next to one another. You can just save seed and see what you get! Always harvest seed from the best plants. It is best, but not totally necessary, to collect seeds from a minimum of 6 plants. Collect ripe tomatillos and cut and squeeze out seeds. Rinse and dry seeds on a screen or wax paper.[[end tab]]