Tomatillos are perennial plants, cultivated as an annual. Are tomatillos tomatoes? Of course not but It is related to tomatoes, commonly known as Mexican green tomatoes, are native to Mexico. They are similar in shape and size. The main differences between tomatoes and tomatillos are tomatillos have a papery husk around the fruit and they grow in different plants. Nothing else. Tomatillos are mainly used in Salsa Verde and frequently used in traditional salsas.
If you want to learn more about how to grow tomatillos in your garden, read on
- 1 Growing Tomatillos
- 2 How to Tell If Your Tomatillo Is Ripe
- 3 When and How to Harvest Tomatillos
- 4 How to Freeze Tomatillos
- 5 How to Use Tomatillos
How to Tell If Your Tomatillo Is Ripe
The relative novelty of the plant means that it is unknown to many gardeners. If this is the first time you are growing fruit, you may be wondering how to know if a tomatillo is ripe. You can also eat unripe tomatillo because it can be edible in the green stage.
The color of the fruit is not a good indicator because each variety has a different hue. The best indicator of ripeness is completely emerged paper shells of the tomatillo. Completely ripe tomatillos will be firm and the fruit will turn yellow or purple according to the variety.
When and How to Harvest Tomatillos
As soon as the dry exterior divides, it’s time for the tomatillo harvest. Once you know when to harvest the tomatillos, you must decide how to use them. Tomatillos keep well in a cool, dry place. They can hold several weeks this way. For longer storage, you have to freeze them.
The tomato harvest is made in the morning from mid-summer until autumn. I would recommend you to harvest tomatillos when the fruits are green because they contain the most flavor. It is important to know harvest tomatillos to improve fruiting continuously. Choose fruits that have burst and show no signs of disease, mold or insect damage.
The harvest is done by hand usually every day. A plant can produce 60 to 200 fruits in a growing season. Hold the fruits and give a simple twist by hand and collect the fruits. If you are not comfortable to collect fruits by twisting you can use garden pruner or sharp scissors. Remember, Cut the fruits of the plant without harming the stems and other fruits.
Tomatillo Seeds Harvest
To harvest the Tomatillo seeds, bring some mature tomatillos and let them ripe until they become bright yellow. Then go to seed fishing with the tip of a knife. It’s tedious but I prefer this technique as you do not need a lot of seeds.
How to Use Tomatillos
Tomatillos are slightly more acidic and citric than tomatoes but can be substituted in dishes where you use juicy red fruits. Tomatillos make a delicious mashed sauce to pour over the enchiladas. They are excellent fresh in a salad or make a “Verde”.
Each medium-sized tomatillos contains more than 11 calories and 4 milligrams of vitamin C and also provide an adequate amount of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. So why you don’t try growing tomatillos in your garden as part of a healthy diet?
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