Tomatillo (also know as the Mexican Husk Tomato) is a
- Key ingredient in Mexican recipes
- Ideal for Salsa Verde, as part of a ‘green alcoholic’ cocktail drink
- In a Mexican soup, or as a side dish to roast meals
Used in many Mexican and Central-American recipes the tomatillo has been used as an ingredient as far back as the Maya and Aztec periods.
It tastes a bit like a green apple with a citrusy flavour and the colour will affect all the foods it’s cooked in. It’s a lot smaller than a regular tomato (about the size of a golf ball or smaller)
How to grow tomatillo at home
Available from Amazon is great for growing at home and will deliver heavy crops on large determinate vines of rounded berries 1 to 2 inches in diameter enclosed in the thin husk of its extended calyx.
The fruit ripens to a yellow colour, and has a delicious, sweet-tart flavour. Unique garden variety that’s very popular in Mexican cuisine. Matures 65-75 days from germination.
Grow on under cooler conditions and when about 8 inches tall, either plant in their growing position in the greenhouse or gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions and plant out 18 inches apart in a warm and sunny spot in moist, fertile well drained soil and keep watered.
Don’t forget light & temperature
You can grow tomatillo tomatoes all year round indoors if you add specialised lights.
For more details have a look at our guide to growing tomatoes indoors