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Soil-Grown Tomatillo

Soil-Grown Tomatillo

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Tomatillos, often referred to as Mexican husk tomatoes, are a staple in Mexican cuisine and are known for their distinctive flavor and green color. Here are some key characteristics of tomatillos:

  1. Appearance: Tomatillos are small, spherical fruits that are usually about the size of a large cherry tomato. They are most commonly green but can also be purple or yellow when ripe.

  2. Husk: A notable feature of tomatillos is their papery husk, which encloses the fruit. As the fruit matures, it fills the husk and can even split it open. The husk is brownish and is removed before cooking or eating the fruit.

  3. Flavor and Texture: Tomatillos have a tart, slightly lemony flavor, which is a bit more acidic than a tomato. The texture is firmer than a ripe tomato. They can be used raw or cooked, and cooking tends to mellow their tartness.

  4. Culinary Uses: In cooking, tomatillos are often used in salsas, sauces, and stews. They are a key ingredient in salsa verde and other Mexican dishes. They can be roasted, boiled, or blended raw.

  5. Nutritional Value: Tomatillos are low in calories and contain useful amounts of vitamins C, K, and niacin, as well as potassium.

  6. Growing: Tomatillos grow on a plant that resembles a tomato plant, and they thrive in similar conditions. They are more resistant to pests and diseases compared to tomatoes.

  7. Origin: They are native to Mexico and were cultivated by the Aztecs and other indigenous peoples.

  8. Varieties: There are several varieties of tomatillos, varying in size and color. The green variety is most common, but purple and yellow varieties are also available.

Tomatillos are a unique and flavorful fruit that adds a distinctive taste to a variety of dishes, particularly in Mexican cuisine.

Nutrient Farm Fruit is produced with the highest levels of farming stewardship.

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