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Miltomate berries

Miltomate berries

There’s a green sauce in your tacos. Fresh, acid, fruity. This sauce is traditionally made from a little American fruit, the miltomate. Or tomatillo, your taste. And guess what? This is a post all about this strange crop.

Even the species scientific name is sweet: Physalis philadelphica. This is a member of the economically star botanical family, the Solanaceae. But the species has a somewhat less successful story than its cousins like tomato, potato, tobacco or even eggplant. Well, not really less successful, but clearly a species not as illustrious as its more famous co-taxa. Even the Cape gooseberry tends to come to mind first when speaking of Physalis. So let’s do justice to this amazing vegfruit…

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