Growing Tomatillos

Growing Tomatillos

Have you ever thought about growing tomatillos in your garden? They’re similar to tomatoes, but with a papery husk. Some even refer to them as husk tomatoes. They remind me of little Chinese lanterns. Such an interesting plant, and such a wonderful addition to a culinary garden too!

They sure are fun to watch grow. The papery husk will begin to dry and split as the tomatillo grows, which also helps begins to signal their readiness for picking. The husk are easily removed before cooking.

Unlike tomatoes, I think tomatillos are best when cooked. They’re a little tart for eating right off the vine, unless they’ve passed the green stage, and have ripened into a pale yellow. But when roasted, they make wonderful base for Salsa Verde, a bright green salsa made of tomatillos, peppers, onions, and cilantro.

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