When I tell people we grow tomatillos most don't know
what we are referring to so I thought I would
introduce you to these fun little fruits.
From what I understand, these are an ancient fruit going
back to Aztec times, related to the tomato but with a
paper husk and the fruit having a citrus flavor.
They are the little green chunks in salsa that
is not a green pepper.
Like a tomato, they vine and the stems are full
of tiny roots so they could be grown on the
ground but it's much easier to pick when we
grow them up cattle panels. The paper husks
will fill with the fruit and start to split when ripe.
We pick them often and make small batches of
salsa verde, or you could put them into a regular
red sauce in tiny chunks.
My husband loves his salsa verde, topping everything
from breakfast eggs and sausage to his chicken tortilla.
They are very easy to grow as long as the soil is not too wet.
They don't attract many pests either; however, I found
my squash bugs think they are little love balloons!
Fortunately for me, they are easy to spot riding atop
a big tomatillo!