Growing Tomatillos

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Growing Tomatillos

Have you ever thought about growing tomatillos in your garden? They’re similar to tomatoes, but with a papery husk. Some even refer to them as husk tomatoes. They remind me of little Chinese lanterns. Such an interesting plant, and such a wonderful addition to a culinary garden too!


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They sure are fun to watch grow. The papery husk will begin to dry and split as the tomatillo grows, which also helps begins to signal their readiness for picking. The husk are easily removed before cooking.

Unlike tomatoes, I think tomatillos are best when cooked. They’re a little tart for eating right off the vine, unless they’ve passed the green stage, and have ripened into a pale yellow. But when roasted, they make wonderful base for Salsa Verde, a bright green salsa made of tomatillos, peppers, onions, and cilantro.

If you’ve ever grown tomatoes, tomatillos require similar conditions.

Tomatillos

Growing Tips:

- Full sun. They like the heat, but not cold. Plan planting times accordingly to avoid frost.

- They prefer USDA hardiness zones between 5-11. Check your zone here: USDA Hardiness Zone Map

- A rich, moist soil that drains well. They like to be water frequently, but they don’t like soggy feet.

- Need to planted in multiples in order to pollinate and produce fruit. Plant at least two.

- Like tomatoes, indeterminate tomatillos will need support as they grow.

- Also like tomatoes, tomatillos are the perfect vegetable for planting in containers. Just make sure your container is large enough, and water often to compensate for container plants drying out quicker.

- Tomatillos are very productive when happy. One plant can produce several pounds of fruit—up to 10 pounds or more.

Growing Tomatillos

Next time you’re planning your garden, plan for a pair of tomatillos for a flavorful change of pace. And go ahead and stock up on the chips for that homemade Salsa Verde while you’re at it. Yummy gardening is the best!

Happy gardening!

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Comments

  1. 3

    says

    I’m going to be doing a much bigger garden next year and I never thought to grow tomatillos but now I know I’ll have to add them! Such a good flavor for salsas and sauces!

  2. 4

    says

    I have never grown tomatillos! They are such a gorgeous color!! I may just have to get some this year even though it’s sorta late!

  3. 8

    says

    I planted two plants this summer. There are so many flowers right now, and it’s been a blast watching them. I can’t wait to harvest.

  4. 10

    says

    These are beautiful pictures of your tomatillos! I have often thought about growing them, but never tried. You’ve convinced me, they are on the list for next year.

  5. 11

    Jeni says

    First year I staked my tomatillo and got very small crop.
    Now I plant one with no support and I get a huge crop !

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