Morado Tomatillo

Physalis philadelphica

$4.45

Pkt(≈35 seeds)
Certified Organic
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.

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.