A close relative of tomatoes, but hardier. They produce well in marginal soils and are not affected by tomato blight. Harvest when the husks turn brown and begin to open and reveal the tomatillos. The 3-4 foot high plants produce copious amounts of 2-3 oz. fruit and should be placed 2-3 feet apart and allowed to sprawl. The tomatillos get sweeter as they mature and continue to do so even after they fall off the plants.