Pineapple Tomatillos

Pineapple Tomatillos

Pineapple Tomatillo fruit and plants do not get as big as their cousins, the purple and green tomatillos.  Pineapple Tomatillo fruit is a whopping 1/2 inch wide and the plant grows to only 18 inches tall and wide.  Since the plant is so lanky,  I would suggest using a smaller tomato cage.  I didn’t this year and my plant sprawled all over the side of the raised bed.

 

Botanical Interests suggest that you grow at least two plants to ensure pollination.  I only grew one plant this year which was very productive.    I guess my pollinators did a great job!

 

A sprawling tomatillo plant

The seeds prefer a seed depth of 1/4 inch.  While the seedlings take about 10 days to emerge, the plant takes about 75 days to mature.   I usually give my tomatillo plants a head start indoor about six weeks before the last frost.   Keep in mind if you don’t pick up all of the fruit at the end of the season, you may have a few Pineapple Tomatillo plants next year.

This golden fruit is wrapped in a tiny husk.  You will know when the fruit is ripe because the fruit will fall from the plant.

Pineapple Tomatiillo Husks

After I remove the husks, I give the Pineapple Tomatillos a rinse and eat them raw or make pineapple salsa – yummy!

I have never seen this variety of tomatillo in the grocery store so I would suggest giving them a try.

 

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