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 Post subject: Tomatillos
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:31 pm 
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I planted a couple of tomatillo plants this spring. They are quite productive and large plants.
I know nothing about them. How do I know when they are ready to be harvested?


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 Post subject: Re: Tomatillos
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:03 pm 
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the little "lanterns" start out empty and little. they will grow to tomatillo-ish size and then start to fill up with the fruit. when the lantern (husks) splits, showing the fruit, they're ready. if you leave them too long they will actually fall off the plant. if it gets frosty or you need to harvest for some reason you can pick them unripe-- they will change from very green to yellowish green and get sweeter as they ripen, but you can use them quite unripe just fine as long as you're okay with tart.

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 Post subject: Re: Tomatillos
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:30 pm 
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If you have a big harvest, they also freeze very well - no blanching needed. I just throw them in a zip lock bag and pull a few out as needed, throughout the year. I grow the purple variety, and primarily use them with tomatoes in a marinara sauce or in chili. One of my go-to potluck dishes is a polenta casserole, topped with this marinara and Isa's pine nut cream (cashew cream works too).

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 Post subject: Re: Tomatillos
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:21 pm 
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Jill wrote:
If you have a big harvest, they also freeze very well - no blanching needed. I just throw them in a zip lock bag and pull a few out as needed, throughout the year. I grow the purple variety, and primarily use them with tomatoes in a marinara sauce or in chili. One of my go-to potluck dishes is a polenta casserole, topped with this marinara and Isa's pine nut cream (cashew cream works too).


Oh, that sounds good. Thanks to both of you.


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 Post subject: Re: Tomatillos
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:03 pm 
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also, when they're ripe, i find they (or at least the ones i grow) have almost a cheesy taste. watery cheese, maybe, but it makes a very interesting grilled sandwich (or toasty!).

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 Post subject: Re: Tomatillos
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:02 am 
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We had them a couple of years ago and they start dropping off. With most berry-ish fruit, giving it a gentle pull will tell you if it's good or not. If it doesn't come off, it's not ripe.

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