|Tomatillas (tomatillos) Physalis
ixocarpa Lam. (also P. philadelphica Lam.),
Family; Solanaceae. Also, called husk tomato or ground cherries are members of the
nightshade family as are tomatoes and peppers. Tomatillas are used
to make salsa verde.
Ground cherry a similar plant, is found in the wild in the Eastern United States.
|Mexican Medicine: Native
Americans used the juice squeezed from the fruit as an eye wash.
SALSA VERDE: Boil a dozen tomatillas with a half dozen hot peppers (JALAPENO). Cook until tender. set aside and let cool. Then blend the peppers and tomatillas, add lime juice and use on meat dishes, or with chips.