Tomatillos are ready to harvest when the papery husk surrounding the fruit turns from green to tan and begins to split; the fruit itself will be bright green, purple, or yellow depending on the variety.
A mature tomatillo will be the size of a cherry tomato or slightly larger. Smaller fruit is often sweeter than larger fruit.
Plants bear fruit for 1 to 2 months or until the first frost.
Pick fruit at 7- to 14-day intervals to keep the plant producing.
One tomatillo plant can produce 60 to 200 fruits in a growing season, about 2½ pounds per plant.
Tomatillos will be past ripe when the gloss of the fruit dulls.
Harvest tomatillos by giving fruits a light twist or snipping them from the plant with a garden pruner or scissors.
Peel back a small part of the husk, the fruit should be nearly blemished free. If the fruit is sticky when you remove the husk just wash it with mild soapy water.
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