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Physalis philadelphica, Tomatillo, Husk Tomato

Physalis philadelphica

Tomatillo, Husk Tomato
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: Mexico
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterEthnomedical plant.
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A relative of the tomato tomatillos provide that tart flavor in a host of Mexican green sauces. This plant has been introduced into the United States. It now grows everywhere in the Western Hemisphere and is common in Texas gardens. The husk tomato plant produces an edible fruit enclosed in a thick husk. The husk is brown and the fruit yellowish when it is ripe. The plants will grow to a height of three to four feet. The fruits average about 1 -2" wide and have a papery outer skin. The tomatillo is actually used when it is still green. The husk tomato has the same cultural requirements as the tomato: fertile soil, ample soil moisture and a long, warm growing season. Plant after all danger of frost in full sunlight. Space plants about 18 inches apart in rows three feet apart. Mature fruit are produced in about 120 days. Fresh ripe husk tomatoes will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks. They may also be frozen whole or sliced. Tomatillos are a good source of vitamin C. In Mexico a concoction made of the flower calyces is used to treat Diabetes. The fruits are also used as a remedy for fever.

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Physalis philadelphica, Tomatillo, Husk Tomato

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