Tomatillo, Purple Keepers Modern Landrace (Organic)
Physalis philadelphica. 70 days.
This is our effort to breed a medium-sized purple tomatillo that stores for a very long time off the vine. Shades range from a slight purple blush on green, to deep purple all through the fruit. Purple tomatillos have a more complex flavor than green ones. They are reputed to keep well already and we are trying to improve on this. A landrace is a variety that has been purposely maintained as a diverse gene pool to help it be more adaptive to harsh conditions. We like this old form of plant breeding, and are using it to create a modern landrace. Always have more than one tomatillo plant in your garden, as they are usually self-sterile.