Scientific Name: Physalis philadelphica
Common Name: Tomatillo
Other Common Names: Husk tomatoes, Jamberberries, Jamberry, Mayan husk
tomato, Strawberry tomatoes, Mexican green tomatoes, Tomate de cáscara,
Tomate verde, Tomate Mexicano, Tomate de fresadilla, Tomate de culebra,
Miltomate and Farolito.
Plant Type: Annual
Where To Plant: Full Sun
Soil Types: Average
Zones (See US Zone map): 4-11
Germination: Easy. From 4 to 6 seeds are planted 1/2 in (1.25 cm) deep in
hills 2 ft (60 cm) apart in rows 5 ft (1.5 m) apart. When 4 to 5 in (10-12.5 cm)
high, the seedlings are thinned to 1 plant per hill. In the midwestern United
States, seedlings are raised in greenhouses and are transplanted when about 3
weeks old as soon as all likelihood of spring frosts is past. They will begin to
bear 6 to 18 weeks later and continue for about 1 1/2 months.
Number of Seeds Per Pack: 35-50
Notes: North American Indian Herb. Used to treat worms, snakebites, and earaches.
RUDBECKIA HIRTA Botanical name: Physalis
philadelphica. A relative of the tomato and member of the nightshade (Solanaceae)
family tomatillos provide that tart flavor in a host of Mexican green sauces. In
Mexico the fruit is called tomates verdes, tomates de cascara as well as
The fruits average about 1 -2" wide and have a papery outer skin. The tomatillo
is actually used when it is still green. If you see the photo below one of the
tomatillos is just turning a light yellow and indicates that is ripe and past
its prime for most uses. Tomatillos have a very tart flavor, not at all like a
Any statement made concerning medical
conditions treated with this herb is not intended as sound medical advice. The
seeds are NOT to be ingested only planted. Herbs need to taken only with
the guidance of a trained physician or established herblist.