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The Story of Your Food: Tomatillos

Posted 2/16/2018 9:54am by Dennis Skoworodko.

These interesting veggies are about one or two inches in size with a characteristic papery outer skin. The slightly sticky husk encloses a firm, green fruit, and as the husk begins to dry it splits open and fades from green to light brown as the fruit matures.  

What do tomatillos taste like? We like tomatillos both raw and cooked. A raw tomatillo has a wet but not juicy texture, softer than an apple, firmer than a tomato. The taste can be slightly sweet – which is fascinating because cooked tomatillos add a lovely "sourness" to a dish. The taste of a tomatillo hints of lemon or pineapple. Storing and cleaning tomatillos.  We leave the husks on the tomatillos until we're ready to eat them. No special care is required, tomatillos keep on the counter for a few days or in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. First remove the husk, it's inedible. The tomatillo inside is quite sticky, wash it as soon as the husk has been removed. Once the husk is removed, the entire tomatillo is edible, including the skins and the tiny seeds inside. Tomatillos are a staple in Mexican cuisine, especially in green sauces. If you've eaten "salsa verde" on enchiladas then chances are, you've eaten tomatillos; Combine tomatillos, cilantro, and onion for a classic salsa combo.

Hope you can add this lovely tasty veggie to your cuisine this summer and fall!   

Regards, Dennis and the Our Farm Team


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