This is a relative of the Japanese lantern and Golden berry and like them it yields a fruit which is enclosed in a paper lantern. The fruit, which is used, both as green and a ripe green-yellow is somewhat larger than the golden berry and its taste is reminiscent of tomato. Tomatillo is an important ingredient in salsa and many other Mexican dishes. This plant which can grow very large must be pruned to prevent it from taking over the whole green house. It is sown, pre-cultivated and grown under the same conditions as tomatoes.