What’s a tomatillo?
Is the tomatillo related to the gooseberry? Or is it just like an unripe tomato?
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.