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Solanaceae Physalis ixocarpa Brot. ex Hornem

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The tomatillo is closely related to the Ground Cherry. The plant is an annual, 3 to 4 feet high, with thin ovate or elongated notched leaves. The fruit is smooth, sticky, purplish in color, and entirely enclosed in a thin husk. Fruit is 1 to 2 inches in diameter, near globose. It is used in making chili sauce and for flavoring meat by Mexicans and other Latin-Americans; but is little grown in the U.S.

Season, seeding to first harvest: About 4 months.

Production in the U.S.: No data. Very limited.

Use: Mainly as seasoning, in chili sauce and with meats.

Part consumed: Entire fruit after husk removed.

Last update June 27, 1996 bha