A conversation piece at markets, well liked by children. This old-fashioned tomato family member bears 1/2– 3/4" sweet golden berries inside papery husks, resembling small, straw-colored Japanese lanterns. The flavor is quite sweet and a bit wild. Plants are profusely branching, prolific, and drop ripe fruits. Fruits can be eaten raw, dried like raisins, frozen, canned, or made into preserves, cooked pies, and desserts. Organically grown. Avg. 40,000 seeds/oz. Packet: 40 seeds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Physalis pruinosa CULTURE: Sow 4-6 seeds/in. 6-7 weeks before transplanting out and grow without support. NOTE: Seeds are slow to germinate compared to tomatillos and tomatoes, requiring about 2 weeks to germinate. Keep soil moist until emergence. Transplant outdoors after danger of frost, 18-24" apart. HARVEST: When fruits are golden and tan husks open. More cold tolerant than tomatoes; bears until heavy frost. SEED SPECS: SEEDS/OZ.: Avg. 40,000. PACKET: 40 seeds.
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