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Also known as Mexican green tomatoes, they are closely related to the Chinese lantern and Cape gooseberry. The fruit are an inch (2.5 cm) or more in diameter and surrounded by a paper-like husk. They are used at the green-stage of maturity and are an important ingredient in many dishes with chilli peppers. They freeze well.

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