Easy to grow, tomatillos look like large green cherry tomatoes, each wrapped in a thin papery husk like a candy. Our heirloom purple-skinned variety is prolific with small, sweet/tangy fruits that are great grilled or in purple salsa. Green-skinned Toma Verde is imported from Mexico, with crispy fruits on strong vines. Enjoy both sweet-tart flavors for summer salsas, rich-tasting stews and savory sauces.
Seeds are color coded with USDA food grade stain to distinguish varieties. Green seeds indicate Toma Verde Tomatillo, while undyed seeds indicate the Purple Tomatillo.
While Renee's Garden seeds are not all certified organic, they do not sell treated or GMO seeds and have signed the "Safe Seed Pledge.”
Planting & Care
Planting: In early spring, start indoors about 6 weeks before outdoor night temperatures are reliably in the 50-55°F range. Sow seeds 1/4" deep and 1" apart in containers of seed starting mix. Keep moist but not soggy and very warm (75-80°F). Provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready to plant outside. WHen seedlings are 2" tall, transplant into individual 4" pots. Maintain at 70-75°F. Feed with half-strength fertilizer every 2 weeks until weather is warm enough to gradually acclimate seedlings to outdoor conditions. Transplant 3' apart into rich soil in full sun once nights stay securely above 55°F.
Growing: Prepare soil well with aged manure or compost. Provide strong stakes or wire cages at planting time, or tomatillos can spread over the ground if you have lots of space; they are vining plants similar to tomato vines. Mulch well to keep fruit clean and conserve moisture; don't overwater once fruits begin to ripen.
Harvest & Use: At first, tomatillo fruits look like little green balloons. As the fruit inside sizes up, they resemble cherry tomatoes surrounded by a papery husk. Pick when plump fruits fill out the husks and begin to break open the calyx, usually at 1 - 1½", but before fruits begin to turn yellow or soften.