Tomatillo, Purple Keepers Modern Landrace (Organic)
Physalis philadelphica (synonym Physalis ixocarpa). 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.
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.