Tomatillos, ready or not?

tomatillos from farmer's market
Photo credit: Oregon State University
Q:
When are the tomatillos ripe and ready to pick ? - Polk County, Oregon
A:

Hello in Polk County - I am attaching an excerpt taken from this Iowa State Extension fact sheet: Tomatillos (PDF)

Harvest and storage

Tomatillos are ready to harvest in 75 to 100 days after transplanting. For best flavor, harvest the fruit when the husk changes from green to tan while the berry is still green. The size of husk and fruit, as well as the fruit color and flavor, varies depending on the cultivar. Fully ripe fruit turns yellow or purple and loses its tangy flavor.

Fresh tomatillos in their husks keep in the refrigerator in a paper bag for about 2 weeks. To store them for up to 3 months, remove the husks and refrigerate the fruit.

Before use, remove the husk and wash the sticky residue from the tomatillo's surface. Remove skins if desired.

Raw tomatillos have a zesty, tart flavor that develops an herbal lemon flavor when cooked. Tomatillos are used in making fresh and cooked salsas and in many popular Latin American dishes. They also can be frozen or canned for later use.

Ronda Armour
Office Specialist 1 and Master Gardener
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