Do you know what a tomatillo is? No, it’s not a green tomato. It’s actually the fruit of a different plant and is a cousin to the tomato. They usually have a thin wrap layer and you can see that on a couple of them in the photo. They originate in Mexico and are mostly used in making salsa verde. I’m amazed it’s available in Dubai at Waitrose.
After a fun 4-day weekend celebrating my friend at her bachelorette party, I’m back and excited to share my favorite salsa verde recipe ever! 🙌 Made with tomatillos, jalapeños, garlic and a few other ingredients, this salsa can be used in dozens of Mexican dishes from enchiladas to chilaquiles or just as a dip for chips and salsa! Um, yes please! 🌶
[recipe link in profile]
Working on the feedback from our first #popup it went really well and was really received. Lots of feedback and lots to work on! Think we can meet a lot of them! Let’s see if we can implement the changes and surprise at our next #popup see you all soon!
This year is the first time I have tried growing tomatillos outside - and I think I picked the right year for it. Masses of flowers attracting the bumblebees and no end of fruit have set. Keeping fingers crossed against blight.
#tacos yesterday on the terrace! My first trial with friends! Invited 20 people and each got 2. Went really well and got some great feedback! Biggest negative that I got was the colour of the #tacos because I used blue masa. What do you think?
“Green is the color of growth, life, and balance. Through balance you find this center from which you can love, form healthy and nourishing relationships, and give and receive love.”. 💚
My super teeny tiny Zuni Tomatillos plucked from the garden, do indeed activate my #heartchakra with all of their cuteness. Perhaps I’ll use them to make a teeny tiny salsa. #kitchencurandera#indigenousfoods#green#heartchakra#zuni#tomatillos
Are you growing tomatillos?
If you grow tomatoes you can grow tomatillos, and in my experience tomatillos are much more productive and more resistant to disease/pests than tomatoes. So why don’t more people grow them? Maybe you can tell me.
Because tomatillos are closely related to tomatoes they share many of the same growing requirements, but there are a few differences to consider. -You must plant at least two tomatillos for adequate pollination. -tomatillo plants are highly susceptible to power mildew. -The vigorous growing habit of tomatillos can make them more difficult to support than tomato plants which is why I created this tomatillo trellis that works great for my plants that will easily reach 10 feet tall!
(More details on my tomatillo trellis in today’s stories)
-Tomatillos are often roasted or otherwise cooked before eating but homegrown tomatillos, much like home grown tomatoes, are much sweeter than those you might find at your grocery store because with home grown you’re able to pick them when they’re actually ripe!
-Lastly, here in the states it’s getting a bit late to plant tomatillos this season but you might get a few before the first frost.
What else do you want to know or share about growing tomatillos?