OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHooray for tomatillos! Tomatillos are in the nightshade family (like tomatoes and potatoes), the fruit grows within a papery husk. A tomatillo plant full of fruit looks like it is decorated with little paper lanterns. Raw tomatillos have a fresh, tangy, citrus like flavor. When roasted, they take on a more earthy, nutty flavor. They are a staple in Mexican cooking. Buen provecho!

A few ideas for how to enjoy tomatillos: roasted tomatillo salsa (salsa verde), with chips, on scrambled eggs or sauteed greens; enchiladas; tomatillo tortilla soup; in guacamole; or sliced fresh on a sandwich. Here is a link to a mighty good looking recipe for Enchiladas Suizas.

Salsa verde

  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 lb husked tomatillos, cut into halves
  • 1 fresh jalapeño, seeded

Put all ingredients into a food processor and mix until well blended. Optional step: roast tomatillos, garlic and onion before blending into salsa.


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