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Queen of Malinalco Tomatillo - Physalis Ixocarpa - Sweet, Fragrant, & Abundant

Queen of Malinalco Tomatillo - Physalis Ixocarpa - Sweet, Fragrant, & Abundant

Quantity: 10 Seeds


The Queen of Malinalco Tomatillo, aka Physalis Ixocarpa, is a fruit producing plant in the solanaceae (nightshade) family. This variety tastes completely different from all other tomatillos; they taste fruity and sweet, and it's really easy to remove the insides and seeds so the fruits can be used for stuffing, much as one could do with peppers. Not only can the fruits be stuffed and roasted, but they're also great for eating fresh in salads and sandwiches, making into salsa, adding to soups, and more. This may be the most versatile tomatillo available. The plants are very productive, and will keep producing fruits until frost. If planted early enough in the season, the plants can produce a second wave of fruits too.


All seeds are organic and open pollinated.

  • Growing Instructions

    For the highest yields, It’s best to start Tomatillo seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost; we start them here on the farm in mid march. It's good to sow them in a sterile growing medium; most available seed starting soils should do the job nicely; we use sunshine mix (peat moss and perlite). The soil should be made moist, but not damp. Sow the seeds 1/4 inch below the soil surface. Store in a warm area until tiny sprouts emerge from the soil. A heat mat greatly aids in this step, but is not necessary. Seeds can take up to 2 weeks to germinate, but may take less time too. Once germinated, and the first true leaf has formed, it's time to pot up to a larger container that contains a good quality potting soil. Transplant to their final location when the nighttime temperatures are consistently 8°C or higher; for us at the farm, this is around early May, but they are quite resilient, so can be planted out early without sacrificing yields later on in the season.

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