The wild tomatillo and related plants are found everywhere in the Americas except in the far north, with the highest diversity in Mexico. Tomatillos were domesticated in Mexico before the coming of Europeans, and played an important part in the culture of the Maya and the Aztecs, more important than the tomato.
Grande Rio Verde Tomatillo, Physalis Ixoxcarpa
Approx: 10 seeds
Particularly disease resistant Grande Rio Verde produces high yields of plump 3 ounce Tomatillos. Tucked away in papery husks, the smooth, sweet yet tangy flavored fruits are especially great for use in Mexican cuisine, green salsas and pies.
Days to Germination: 7-14 days
Days to Maturity: 90 days
Height: 2-6 feet
Fruit Size: 3 ounces
Tomatillo plants like a loamy soil mixture that is rich with compost or organic material for it to gain nutrients from. They require no fertilization during the growing season, and like a full sun location to grow in.
Keep near: Basil, Asparagus, Parsley, Carrot, Onion, Pea, Cabbage family.
Keep away: Corn, Kohlrabi, Dill, Fennel.
A low calorie food with only 32 calories per 100g serving, the Tomatillo has high levels of Niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Potassium. The fruits are also a great source of minerals such as Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Selenium, and Zinc. The berries also have trace amounts of antioxidants, which can reduce free radicals that are known to cause cancer in the human body. They are also good sources of dietary fiber and are low in fats and contain no Cholesterol.
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