If you want to grow a highly unique, colorful tomatillo variety, you cannot miss out on the striking Purple de Milpa Tomatillo! In Mexico, these tomatillos grow freely in cornfields and are harvested for personal use and for selling in town. The word Milpa is translated into “cultivated field,” and is known as a crop-growing system used throughout Mesoamerica.
These tomatillos have a sharp flavor preferred by some cooks over other varieties, and are delicious roasted, stewed, in salsas, salads, and sandwiches. The Mexican heirloom variety produces very small, ¾” purple-tinted tomatillos that grow on 3-4" tall plants. This will ripen from green to purple and is known to grow like a weed with little care.
They will grow best in warm weather with sun and requires warm soil for germination. Similar to tomatoes, they are drought tolerant and will do well in containers and pots if you live somewhere with a short outdoor growing season. This is native to Mexico, so they are not frost tolerant. They can germinate within 7-10 days and takes 70-90 days to harvest.