Giant Tomatillo Mexican Husk Tomato Physalis Ixocarpa Seeds

Giant Tomatillo Mexican Husk Tomato Physalis Ixocarpa Seeds

Giant Tomatillo Mexican Husk Tomato Physalis Ixocarpa Seeds

Packet of 100+ seeds from this truly giant sized tomatillo!

I have bought a heck of a lot of plants over the last decade described as “Giant Tomatillos” and this is the only fella that truly fits the description!

Originally we got these seeds in trade from an awesome customer, and I am wrapped to now have it in my collection. Nothing else commercially offered in Australia comes close, at least not that I have tried?

Massive purple and green fruits, bigger than a 50c piece and plenty of them, big yellow flowers and all contained on a small to medium sized shrubby herb.

The fruit themselves have a double layer of protection. The first layer is the husk or enlarged calyx and this is mildly poisonous, and under that on the fruit’s surface is a waxy coating that prevents insect attack. Just rinse it off in water, or a quick rub on the tshirt before eating does the job. The waxy coating doesn’t protect them 100% mind you, as these guys taste great, but it does a better job than most other Physalis Species.

They taste like a greenish tomato, and they are great in salsa or chutney. Green they can be cooked and added to soups, stews, curried, pretty much anything that you might normally add a tomato.

Really easy to grow but they do take up to a month to germinate and that is 100% NORMAL and to be expected.
Heaps of names for them, here are a few.

Physalis aequata, Physalis philadelphica(still under debate), tomate de cascara, tomate de culebra, tomate de fresadilla, miltomate, farolito, tomate Mexicano, tomate verde, Alkekenge du Mexique, Green Mexican tomatillo, Husked tomato, Jamberry, Mayan husked tomato, Mexican husk tomato, Mexican ground cherry and the current accepted by most scientific name of Physalis ixocarpa.

Apparently they can be picked and stored for up to a year if just left inside their calyx in a cool dry place, and as the crops are massive I really recommend these guys from a productivity pointy of view alone.

Seriously, have a crack at them, they are pretty damn awesome folks!

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂


Tankari Sunberry Pygmy Groundcherry Physalis Minima Seeds

Tankari Sunberry Pygmy Groundcherry Physalis Minima Seeds

Big packet of 200+ organically grown seeds!

This fella is suspected to have been brought to Australia long before European settlement by Moluccan traders and some folks consider it native.
Other folks consider it a weed, especially in industrialised broad acre farming like cotton.

I personally just consider it a cool looking bush tucker and I eat it raw or cooked just like the Aboriginals did back in the day.

It is most commonly known overseas as tankari sunberry, or pygmy groundcherry, where as here in Australia most folks call it a gooseberry, or tomatillo.
It grows all through the Australian states of NSW, QLD, WA, NT, along with Asia, Africa, Arabia and the Americas, along with many other places too.

For this reason it is known by a huge range of names that include annual ground cherry, bladder cherry, Chinese lantern, country gooseberry, english gooseberry, gooseberry, green gooseberry, ground cherry, hindi-bandhapriya, little gooseberry, marathi-chirboli, native gooseberry, popti, pygmy groundcherry, ran-popti, sodakku, sunberry, thakkaali, wild cape gooseberry, wild capegooseberry, wild gooseberry, Physalis angulata, Physalis eggersii, Physalis indica, Physalis lagascae, Physalis lagascae var. glabrescens, Physalis micrantha, and Physalis parviflora.

In India and the Himilayas it is considered a medicine as well as a food, and it is used in the treatment of inflammation, enlargement of the spleen, stomach pain, as a general tonic, and large amounts are considered to be diuretic and laxative. I can confirm the last bit…
The crushed leaf juice is mixed with mustard oil and used in cases of ear ache.
The oil works as a solvent breaking up waxy build up and creating heat and temporary swelling that squeezes the plug making it thinner. The ear canal later shrinks and widens allowing the plug to slip free and dislodge while at the same time the leaf juice has antibiotic effects killing infection.
Really quite clever but something I haven’t personally had the need to try, so can’t recommend.

The fruit ripe to yellow or purple depending on the temperature and local conditions. Sometimes they stay green especially in winter, and in that case it is best to wait till they start to wrinkle if you want the best flavour.
Eating too many fully unripe green ones can give you a belly ache, just like apples and stone fruit do, but they don’t have this effect if cooked.

The calyx or husk is just slid off and you can then add them to salads dips and salsas.
They are awesome in curries, soups, pasta sauce and on pizzas they give a really nice cherry tomato type flavour explosion.
When camping they are a real favourite of mine and what I do is just cover the campfire with a bit of sand then wack the whole unpeeled fruit on top.
I then go fishing , foraging, have a nap or whatever, and in a few hours they are all melty, and they taste just like smoky sundried tomatoes. Just awesome!
The calyx or husk bit is like built in aluminium foil and it protects them from the flies, dirt, ash and sand.
Pretty cool hey!

Even cooler the juice contains ~24.5mg per 100ml of juice so snacking on these fellas is certain to keep scurvy at bay if you ever get lost out in the scrub.
Just don’t get them mixed up with things like Shoofly plant.

They are super easy to grow, like I say, some folks consider them a pretty major weed.
BUT, they have a high level of natural dormancy and they germinate over a long period of time.
These are not a domesticated species and for that reason germination may take anywhere from a week to a year.

For me here the average is a couple in the first fortnight, then the rest every time it rains for the next couple months.
I average 70-100% total germination.
In my studies GA3 and Smoke treatment both have a positive but inconstant effect lowering germination times considerably, but also lowering the overall germination % too.
Using them I get only 20-60% sprout, but it only takes a couple weeks normally.
If you are in a hurry and only need a few plants it is well worth a thought, but yeah, I can’t really offer a standardised “always works” recipe, as these fellas are still very feral and I never use those methods these days. I just did a few tests out of curiosity a few years back.

Planted as is untreated, just in the surface of a large pot of sandy soil, the majority will always germinate eventually and with a big packet of seeds like this you can’t really go wrong.

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no dramas!!!!!!

Trigonella Foenum Graecum Fenugreek Seeds

Trigonella Foenum Graecum Fenugreek Seeds

Packet of 75+ home grown seeds!

This delicious nitrogen fixing legume is know by the common names of abesh, abish, alholva, alhova, bird’s foot, bockshornklee, fenogreco, foenugreek, Greek clover, Greek hay, Greek hayseed, halba, helba, hilba, hilbeh, hu lu ba, mayti, methi, samudra, samudra methi, shanbalile, trigonella, cemen or as most folks know it, Fenugreek or Trigonella foenum graecum.

It is both a culinary and medicinal herb and is considered to be expectorant, laxative, stomachic, demulcent, vulnerary, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, tonic, emmenagogue, galactogogue, hypotensive, as well as having carminative and general tonic effects,

It is a standard sort of pot herb in India and many parts of SE Asia, but not very often seen like that here in Australia.
We as a nation do grow heaps, acres of the stuff, but the vast majority is as a grain and as a nitrogen fixing leguminous crop.

As it grows it binds nitrogen to the root system, which means that the next crop planted in that soil gets a real heads start.

That’s how we grow it most of the time.
We plant a crop, eat it like bean shoots to start with, later as cut greens, and later still as filler in slow cooked meals like stews and curries.

We then dig in the finished plants and stems then plant something hungry like tomatoes, tomatillos or eggplant where the fenugreek was.

Improves the soil, adds humus, and provides a heap of nutrition for us at the same time.

It is said to be the cure for whatever ails you, with it being used for enlarging breasts, increasing lactation or milk production, stabilising hormone levels, increasing sexual desire, treating PMS, increasing insulin production and treating diabetes, swollen glands, skin irritations, ulcers, muscle ache, fevers, sore throats, infected wounds(makes a great poultice), lowers calcium oxalate levels in kidneys and shows promise as a kidney stone treatment.

Due to its naturally high levels of Diosgenin, a steroid sapogenin, it is the starting compound for over 60% of the total steroid production in the pharmaceutical industry, and it also contains the sapogenins yamogenin, gitogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogens.

Not suitable for folks allergic to peanuts or tree nuts but for the rest of us it is a great choice, such a useful, productive and tasty plant!

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties no problems!!!


Inca Berry Cape Gooseberry Physalis Peruviana Seeds

Inca Berry Cape Gooseberry Physalis Peruviana Seeds

Packet of 100+ seeds of this fantastic little fruit!

We normally just eat them fresh as we find them wandering around the garden, but they are also good in salads and pasta dishes.

Very popular in Mexican dishes. I make delicious gooseberry jam and jellies. We even pickle the green ones if there are heaps (great for pizza toppings and antipasto, just like capers or olives) They stay fresh if picked still in the “cape”, and left in a cool dry place, for a month or more without spoiling!

They are often sold as “Inca Berries” or “Inca Cherries” once sun-dried or dehydrated and are promoted extensively as a health supplement and anti-cancer snack.

The plant has quite a number of positives health wise, with its high levels of polyphenols and carotenoid shown to have Anti-hypertension, Anti-hepatica (Prevents liver damage), Anti-inflammatory and Anti-oxidant properties etc etc etc…

In other words, it contains all the good “ANTI”s!!!

The internet tells me>>>

“The “withanolides” isolated from the fruit have shown anticancer activity especially in tumour forming cancerous growths”.

Another major bonus for the plant is it contains high levels of “Melatonin” which has been shown through animal testing (not really cool) to help prevent or cure diseases associated with oxidative stress, including but not limited to neuro-degenerative diseases which frequently occur during aging.

It has been traditionally used as a powerful herbal medicine, to treat cancer, malaria, asthma, hepatitis, leukemia, dermatitis and rheumatism.

Similar in appearance and closely related to, but much larger and sweeter, than the standard tomatillo.

Easier than a tomato to grow, and anyone can grow a tomato!

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

Litchi Tomato Solanum Sisymbriifolium Morelle De Balbis Seeds

Litchi Tomato Solanum Sisymbriifolium Morelle De Balbis Seeds

Packet of 25+ seeds of this fantastic little fruit!
On of my latest favourite plants, and one I highly recommend for a heap of different reasons!

I was originally concerned that the taste wouldn’t be up to scratch.
Thought it might be more eggplant than tomato if you know what I mean..

100% wrong, absolutely delicious!
Like a mix of guava, tomato, cherries and strawberry, but more sweet than sour.
Really good, I have been eating heaps!

The second thing I was worried about was the spikes.
I really like spiky plants as they look cool and keep the wallabies and parrots off the fruit, but often that makes them hard to harvest.
The spikes on these guys are like long nails, not hooked like roses, so they don’t catch your skin of clothing.
Ok, that’s good, but still not great I though.
Now this is where it gets really cool!

The fruit are covered in a spiky calyx making them look like a sea mine. Impenetrable protection on the fruit.
But, as soon as the fruit is ready, the calyx peels back exposing the fruit!

It just hangs there, clear of the spikes, out in the open away from the stem and branches, at the edge of the plant, clearly on display, super easy to pick.
Just as easy as a largish cherry tomato, but unlike the tomatoes every bunch of fruit has a couple ripe fruit every day.
I know it is hard to believe, but off 5 unloved plants growing in gravel dry soil, I have gotten ~2cups of beautiful fruit, every single day, for more than 9weeks! After that I stopped counting.
Kilos and kilos, and they really do taste great!

Drought tolerant, fast growing, beautiful looking and even better tasting.
The only downside is the spikes, but now that I have grown them and can see the spikes don’t interfere with the harvest of fruit at all, and it is more of an advantage than anything.

I better stress that this is NOT the toxic and invasive American Horsenettle or Solanum carolinense which it often cops the blame for. That fella has no protective husk or calyx over the fruit, as it doesn’t need it.
It is already toxic.

This fella is non-toxic and delicious, hence the need for the spiky protective sheath over the fruit.
Now that is out of the way, on to names.

These guys are grown commercially and in home gardens all over the world and have a heap of different ones, here are a few.

Sticky Nightshade, Morelle de Balbis, Ocote mullaca, Pilkalapis baklazanas, Devils tomatoes, Puca-puca, Raukenblatt-nachtschatten, Red buffalo burr, Revienta caballo, Tomatillo, Tutia, Tutia o Espina Colorada, Uvilla, Viscid nightshade, Fire & Ice Plant, Alco Chileo, Arrabenta cavalo, wildetamatie, wild tomato, sticky nightshade, liuskakoiso, Espina colorada, Doringtamatie, Dense thorned bitter apple, Bitter apple, Jeweelie, Joa bravo, Jua das queimadas, Jua de roca, Klebriger nachtschatten, Liuskakoiso, Manacader, Morelle de balbis, Mullaca espinudo, Wild tomato, Wildetamatie, and most common of all, Litchi Tomato.

Also the botanical names Solanum balbisii, Solanum bipinnatifidum, Solanum brancaefolium, Solanum decurrens, Solanum edule, Solanum formosum, Solanum inflatum, Solanum mauritianum, Solanum opuliflorum, Solanum opuliflorum, Solanum rogersii, Solanum sabeanum, Solanum subviscidum, Solanum thouinii, Solanum viscidum, Solanum viscosum, Solanum xanthacanthum, Solanum sisymbriifolium var. purpureiflorum, Solanum sisymbriifolium forma albiflorum, Solanum sisymbriifolium var. bipinnatipartitum, Solanum sisymbriifolium var. brevilobum, Solanum sisymbriifolium var. gracile, Solanum sisymbriifolium var. heracleifolium, Solanum sisymbriifolium forma lilacinum, Solanum sisymbriifolium var. macrocarpum, and lastly Solanum sisymbriifolium var. oligospermum.

Historically used on a large scale in many countries both as a trap crop to protect potatoes from potato cyst nematode and as an edible hedge to divide property and keep out critters.
There you have it folks, another beauty!

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems no nasties no problems!!!

Love Puff Heart Vine Cardiospermum Halicacabum Seeds

Love Puff Heart Vine Cardiospermum Halicacabum Seeds

Packet of 10+ freshly harvested seeds!

This pretty little fella is great I reckon. Easy to grow little vine that has been used everything from snake bite to arthritic conditions like rheumatism.

The leaves crushed and make into tea are great on wasp stings and insect bites, and apparently the leaf juice has been used in India as a treatment for earache.
When crushed up with salt a couple small handfuls of the leaf and stem make an effective poultice for swollen joints.

Native to a wide band that extends from Africa right through to Asia, it seems to really love the wetter months here. In the dry it really struggled, still setting a constant flow of little tiny white flowers and Tomatillo like pods. Now that the rain has kicked in it is booming, looks really cool and the leaves make a great addition to noodles and soups.

It is one among the “Ten Sacred Flowers of Kerala State in India, collectively known as “Dasapushpam”. Its love of moist weather, and a few unruly relatives have meant it is now considered a weed in New Zealand, but after growing here for a while now, and seeing how the kangaroos wipe it out, and the birds completely leave the seed alone, I really can’t imagine issues over here.

I recently had a customer say the following>>>
“Thank you for the extra seeds.
This plant is well known for its capability of increasing male strength , like Viagra. 🙂
In Sri lanka its called Welpenela and common as a pre breakfast porridge with rice, and available in ready-made packs.”

Please note, this is NOT the other plant commonly called “Balloon vine” or “Heart seed”, that plant is Cardiospermum Grandiflorum or Cardiospermum Hirsutum and it is a massive much more aggressive and prolific plant that I never suggest you grow. This fella is tiny, much more manageable, edible and attractive.

Grown organically by me and the Mrs, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!

NOT FOR NEW ZEALAND or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂