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Basic Collection Information and Status
Tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica, Solanaceae)
Cultural Affiliation   Tarahumara
Collection Site   Chihuahua, Mexico (latitude: 27°; altitude: 5,600 ft / 1,700 m)
Collection Year   1983
Accession Status   Active
Catalog Information and Instructions
Small husked fruits grow wild in Tarahumara corn fields. Prolific plants can easily self-sow in the desert garden. Used to make salsa verde.
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Collection Site
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Characterization and Evaluation
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Tomatillo IntroductionCultivation InstructionsSeed Saving Instructions
Tomatillos, "husk tomatoes," are used to make traditional and savory green salsas and stews. Related to ground cherries and Cape gooseberries.In the spring, plant seeds directly in the garden 1/4 inch deep, or start indoors and transplant. Allow 15 inches between plants.Flowers are both insect and self-pollinated, and varieties can cross. Tomatillos begin to ripen when they turn from green to light yellow. When the husk is dry and begins to split open at the bottom, the fruit can be harvested for seed. To remove seeds, puree ripe fruit with water in blender. Pulp will rise and seeds will sink.
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