How to Buy Tomatillos

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How to Buy Tomatillos. Tomatillos are growing in popularity, as their use spreads outside of Mexican restaurants and into more upscale establishments. Most people believe that it is just a greener version of the tomato. However, this husked green fruit is closer in relation to a gooseberry than a tomato. The tomatillo is said to have a tart flavor with a hint of citrus. It is easily used and easily found. Read on to learn how to buy tomatillos.


Step 1

Go directly to your local chain grocery store. Nowadays, just about every major grocery chain carries tomatillos, especially if there is an abundant Hispanic population nearby. The tomatillos are usually displayed in the produce section either with the exotic produce or with the near the avocados and jalapeños.

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Step 2

Look at the fruit closely. It should have a green papery husk that completely covers the fruit. Inside, the tomatillo fruit should be green and may have a slight purple tone. It should not be yellow or brown.

Step 3

Look for spots, mold, and other blemishes on both the fruit and the husk.


Step 4

Feel the fruit, gently, for firmness. The tomatillos should be firmer than a tomato, but not hard.

Step 5

Bypass the soft fruits, but the ones that are too hard can be taken home to further ripen in the husk.


The tomatillo will have a sticky film on the inside. It will wash off when you get home. Store tomatillos in a paper bag or paper wrap in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

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