Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tomatillos (Husk Tomatoes)

Have you ever heard of Tomatillos before? It is a plant of the tomato family, related to the cape gooseberry, bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name. Tomatillos, referred to as green tomato (Spanish: tomate verde) in Mexico, are a staple in Mexican cuisine.
My SILs from Nicaragua and Mexico taught me how to make salsa verde. I know how to make it but I never tried making it at home yet because hubby doesn't like salsa verde. Salsa verde is so simple and yet so addictively good! Just dip your tacos, corn chips or burritos...and viola!

The tomatillo fruit is surrounded by a paper-like husk formed from the calyx. As the fruit matures, it fills the husk and can split it open by harvest. The husk turns brown, and the fruit can be any of a number of colors when ripe, including yellow, red, green, or even purple. Tomatillos are the key ingredient in fresh and cooked Latin American green sauces.





15 diner's comment:

Rebecca Miller said...

woizzt ang tomato nga mora'g lubot ang porma.. lol.. agi ko dre madam sis.. :)

analou said...

I tried the salsa verde once and I kind na like it. In fact I asked my friend how she made it but now I forgot how. Maybe you can share how to make salsa verde here dhemz.....loll

Kayce said...

hala sis oi unsa man na nga klase nga kamatis morag porma jud ug butt... hehehe!

Mister LLama said...

WOW! I never thought that this kind of fruit is edible. We have a lot of this in our backyard in the province but I thought it's just a weed or something.

Thanks for sharing!

Maxi said...

Hello Pretty Dhemz! I am back... at least trying to get back to blog hopping and wow! It's my first time to hear about this tomatillos. Sounds interesting. I think we do not have that kind of tomato here in Sweden.

Have you tried cooking with it?

Hugs!!!

Maxi of:
Ovah' Coffee
The Pastime Shelf

w0rkingAth0mE said...

its belong to tomato family pla .. anyway, this is my first time that i heard about tomatillos, thanks for the info ...

chubskulit said...

wow bago yan sis ah hehehe, dami mo na talagang alam hehehe.

Cecile said...

yum, we love tomatillos :-)

SassyChick said...

Lami na sya Madam?...wa pa ko katilaw ana ba...

Rossel said...

parang ngayon lang ako nakakita nyan. meron bang ganyan dito sa Pinas?

my entry is here, sis...
http://butterfly-kusinako.blogspot.com/2010/09/tapa-recipe.html

Lulu Post said...

wa pod ko katilaw ani

*josie* said...

first time ko makakita nyan sa picture pa.lol.. d pa rin ako nakakatikim ng salsa verde.

Clarissa said...

It'S my first time to encounter that kind of tomato family.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

First time I ever heard of this tomatillos or green tomatoes. I never even knew they exist, lol. I wonder how they taste. Are they similar to red tomatoes in taste? They must be good as salsa or dip. Thanks for the informative post. I learned something new from you again. Thanks teacher. God bless you all always.

kat said...

tomatillos murag gamay nga kamatis nyahahaha..i wonder kung makaon nag hilaw Dhemz like kamatis jud kay si kamatis man ko...hahaha

agi ko kay nag adgi ra ko diri..