Tomatillos are a fruit used extensively in Mexican cuisine. When fresh, they are sold in markets and are distinctive in their paper-like husks. The fruit itself is green and resembles a tomato in appearance. Tomatillos can be eaten raw or cooked and are a common ingredient in salsa. Tomatillo plants are easy to grow and adapt well to container gardening.
Things You'll Need
- Sharp knife
Remove the paper-like husk from the tomatillo by gently squeezing the top of the fruit toward the bottom of the husk and breaking it free.
Wash the tomatillos in cool, running water to remove the stickiness from the skin.
Use a sharp knife to remove the skin from the tomatillo, if desired. This step is not necessary but may make the fruit more aesthetically pleasing.
Chop the fruit into bite-sized chunks. Add raw to fresh tomato salsa recipes or substitute the tomato in the recipe with fresh tomatillos.
Cook the tomatillo pieces in a small amount of water to create a tomatillo sauce that is perfect for pastas or dips. Season with salt, pepper and cilantro to taste, if desired.