Friday, July 29, 2011

Tomatillos At Last

Tomatillos will grow along the ground, but like tomatoes, they love to be staked and will reach for the sky, given the chance. 

The enchanting little yellow flowers eventually will be plentiful but tomatillos take a very long time to fruit. You need patience for this plant. Don't worry, the end result is worth the wait. 

What you harvest will be vinegary-flavored little tomato-like fruits that are scrumptious in a salsa, sauce or as a side dish. Don't harvest until the fruit is bursting out of its papery husk.  The tiny one here is harvested too early and will be more bitter than the full-sized one on the right. Once you peel back the husks, wash the tomatillo well to remove the sticky coating. Then finely chop and enjoy. 

Tomatillos are the chief ingredient in Salsa Verde. Whip up your own recipe of Salsa Verde using tomatillos, finely chopped onions, a chopped seeded serrano or jalapeno pepper, garlic, cilantro, pinch of salt and lime juice. Experiment with proportions to suit your particular taste.

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