What’s a tomatillo?
Is the tomatillo related to the gooseberry? Or is it just like an unripe tomato?
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Tomatillo's taste is bright and sour and very slightly astringent, though the strength of the tang varies depending on how ripe it is. I have never tasted a true gooseberry (ribes uva-crispa).
I have had desserts garnished with the cape gooseberry (physalis peruviana...tomatillo is physalis philadelphica), but I didn't taste the berry garnish, though I have eaten the bitter Indian aamla in pickled form-aamla is called Indian gooseberry in English (phyllanthis emblica). I had heard that all three were related, but looking up their genus and species (on wikipedia ) shows me that only the cape gooseberry and tomatillo are related.