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September 16, 2008


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So what exactly are tomatillos?


Barbara - thanks for that. I assumed that everyone but us knew about them. Clearly I was wrong! I've added a bit about them to the post.



Tomatillo (ends with O)
Tomato (ends with O)
Cilantro (ends with O)

Why don't you submit this for the OFoods Contest!!! I changed the title of my post -- it ain't just for chicks anymore -- what in the world was I thinking, anyway???


I think that tomatillos are from the gooseberry family. (they might also be in part from tomatoes as well). They grow like little lanterns on a vine, encased in a paper - like covering. The fact that they are in the goose berry family explains why their inner substance ends up acting like a pectin. I got my Tomatillo PhD when I grew about 2,000 of them my first year here. You can still see them in my neighbor's garden! It was part of my "grow things that don't grow here" phase, which I got over quickly -- except for cilantro.


Diana - it would be good for the 'o' recipe food but I have something else in mind - we're going to have a 'o' menu!

Your comment about growing things that don't grow here is well made. I think that it is always best to learn to use local products than to import new species into an area (even though it has happened for centuries).


Unfortunately I never had the chance to taste tomatillo! But now I want too! ;-)


Zorra - if you see them be sure to try them. They have quite a fascinating, complex flavour!


I have tomatillos in my garden this year, and they're very prolific. I like the flavor a lot. This tasty dish sounds like a good way to use them.


Kalyn - I think I shall have to experiment with them a bit next year (even though it is sad to be thinking about next year's garden already knowing what must come first! LOL)

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