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Friday, September 28, 2012

Lonely Tomatillo

Here's an attractive plant from our backyard garden this year. It's especially popular in Mexico and Mexican cooking and is called a Tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica). Ours grew into a large healthy plant and bloomed profusely but inside those lovely lantern-like pods there are very few fruit. Now I discover from Wikipedia that the tomatillo is very "self-incompatible", meaning that it doesn't like to pollinate itself so there should be at least two plants for it to set fruit properly.


JoJo said...

What does one use tomatillos for in cooking? Have you used yours?

Benjamin Madison said...

Hi JoJo, no we haven't used any in cooking yet - I doubt we'll get more than two or three and they are quite small. I think Mexicans use them in sauces and salsa.