Purple de Milpa
This striking variety (Physalis ixocarpa) has a distinctive flavor sought after by some cooks. The Purple de Milpa Tomatillo has small, purple-hued fruits that do not burst through the husk when ripe. Plants grow 3-4 feet tall and mature in 70-90 days from transplant. Organic seed.
Each packet contains approximately 25 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Similar to tomatoes, start indoors and transplant to the garden after the last frost. Choose a sunny location and provide plants plenty of room by spacing two feet apart in rows separated by five feet. Mulch well to conserve moisture and keep down weeds.
Harvest when the paper husks start to yellow and are loose and crinkly around the fruit. Kept in their husks in a brown paper bag, fruits will last a month or more — often until Thanksgiving — in the refrigerator.