Physalis ixocarpa This is an Eastern European relative of the more common Mexican tomatillo, adding a delightful twist to your table. The plants grow in a spreading bushy habit, and the golden fruit have a distinct flavor very reminiscent of pineapple, but without the acidity. A great addition to salsas and sauces, and wonderful for jams and pies. Try putting them before your friends and watch them go crazy trying to figure out what this amazingly good fruit is! Untreated seed. Cultivation is similar to tomatoes. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost in 80-90 degree soil and kept just moist. Once germinated, allow soil to dry slightly but don't allow the plant to wilt. After true leaves develop, continue growth in moderate temps to slow growth. Transplant outside after soil temps are warm. Space 18-24 inches apart.