Tomatillo Facts

Tomatillo is the member of Solanaceae or nightshade family which also includes tomato, ground-cherry, potato, eggplant and chili peppers. It is a small, green Mexican fruit enclosed in a husk. The fruit look like a small unripe tomato and is usually green or yellow. They’re about the size of a large walnut or a small lemon. Husks are not for human consumption and are supposed to be removed before consuming these green veggies. They have a faintly tart, lemon-like essence, which is tastier when chosen green than if the fruit is allowed to darken to yellow, red, or even purple.

Name Tomatillos
Scientific Name Physalis philadelphica
Native Mexico
Common/English Name Husk cherries, tomato verde, husk tomatoes, tomate, jamberberries, strawberry tomatoes, and Mexican green tomatoes, Mexican groundcherry, large-flowered tomatillo, or Mexican husk tomato.
Plant Growth Habit Small annual glabrous shrub
Growing Climate Prefers  sunny location
Soil Well drained, fertile soil that warms up quickly in the spring.
Plant Size Average of two to four feet in height
Leaf Leaves are typically serrated and can either be smooth or pubescent.
Flower Flowers come in several colors including white, light green, bright yellow, and sometimes purple. Flowers may or may not have purple spots toward the center of the corolla.
Fruit Shape & Size Small spherical shaped berry about 2.5-4 cm in diameter
Fruit Color Fruit can be of several colors when ripe, including yellow, green, or even purple.
Flavor/aroma Faintly tart, lemon-like essence
Taste Slightly sweeter taste
Weight 30-50 g.
Major Nutrition Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 15.4 mg (17.11%)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2.442 mg (15.26%)
Copper, Cu 0.104 mg (11.56%)
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 13.3 µg (11.08%)
Iron, Fe 0.82 mg (10.25%)
Manganese, Mn 0.202 mg (8.78%)
Potassium, K 354 mg (7.53%)
Phosphorus, P 51 mg (7.29%)
Total dietary Fiber 2.5 g (6.58%)
Magnesium, Mg 26 mg (6.19%)
Health Benefits
  • Reduces PMS Symptoms
  • Digestive Health
  • Speeds up Wound Healing
  • Weight Loss Efforts
  • Improves Bone Density
  • Energy Levels
  • Immune System Health
  • Slows Aging
  • Vision Health
  • Help Treat Diabetes
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Lowers Risk of Gout
  • Blood Pressure and Heart Health
Calories in 1cup (132gm) 42 Kcal