I love tomatillos in cocktails because they add such a bright, citrusy flavor. Grow them as you would tomatoes, giving them plenty of sun, rich soil, regular water, and a granular organic fertilizer formulated for vegetables. There’s really just one difference: to get fruit, you need two tomatillo plants.
The purple tomatillos look great on the vine, but that purple color can get a little muddy in cocktails. I actually prefer green varieties like ‘Toma Verde.’ There’s also a yellow variety called ‘Pineapple’ that is so sweet that you can make jam out of it. (you can get several varieties here.)
They blend very well with tequila; a tomatillo margarita is a wonderful thing.
(photo via Territorial Seed Company)