Tomatillo, Plaza Latina Giant Green (Organic)
Physalis philadelphica (synonym Physalis ixocarpa). 80 days.
This special giant Mexican strain produces 3-4” wide, green fruit on super tall plants that benefit from support. Seed originally saved from imported Mexican fruit purchased at the Plaza Latina Market in Eugene, Oregon, in 2005. Much higher culinary value than the smaller yellowish varieties. We like to think of them as the Brandywine of tomatillos. Tomatillos are often called tomates verdes. Always have more than one tomatillo plant in your garden, as they are usually self-sterile.
Sow indoors in flats, March through early May. Keep warm and well-watered. Transplant seedlings into 4” pots when they have their first two true leaves. Transplant into the garden after danger of frost has passed. Always have more than one tomatillo plant, they are usually self-sterile. Will self-seed.
Collect seeds from ripe fruit by harvesting and removing wrapper. Put fruit in a container with a small amount of water, and smash, or use a food processor. Seeds will sink; add water to decant pulp until seeds are clean. Strain and dry thoroughly. Isolate from other Physalis sp. by at least ½ mile.