This rarely obtainable deep purple form of the classic tomatillo verde makes a salsa with a difference. The fruits have a little more sweetness than the standard green variety, and the anthocyanins, which give the fruit its purple colouring, are a good source of antioxidants. The fruit turn purple in patches on the plant but become more uniformly purple if the fruit is exposed to sunlight on a windowsill after harvesting. The husks turn from green to buff as the fruit matures on the plant and make a fascinating garnish.
Seeds are surface-sown or covered only slightly. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Containers are held in warm conditions until sprouts appear, which may take anywhere from 3-10 days. Move sprouting plantings immediately to bright light conditions, such as a south-facing window. At about the time of last frost, set out seedlings in pots in the greenhouse. Do not remove side shoots. Some support may be needed.
Common name:Physalis ixocarpa, Jam berries
Packet Content:15 (Approx)