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Purple Tomatillo Physalis philadelphica

Beautiful, large fruit. Many are a bright violet color throughout their flesh. May be eaten right off the vine. Turns purple when ripe.

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The Purple Tomatillo Physalis philadelphica. Beautiful, large fruit. Many are a bright violet color throughout their flesh. May be eaten right off the vine. Turns purple when ripe.

Purple Tomatillo Physalis philadelphica

The tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica), also known as the Mexican husk tomato, is a plant of the nightshade family bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name.

Tomatillos originated in Mexico and were cultivated in the pre-Columbian era. A staple of Mexican cuisine, they are eaten raw or cooked in a variety of dishes, particularly salsa verde.

Tomatillos were domesticated in Mexico before the coming of Europeans, and played an important part in the culture of the Maya and the Aztecs, more important than the tomato. The specific name philadelphica dates from the 18th century.

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