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Tomatillo Characteristics
Pronounced: toe-ma-tea-o
The Tomatillo is a small green fruit, similar to a tomato, with a paper-like husk. The husk is brown and the fruit yellowish when it is ripe. The condition of the "husk" is a good indication of the freshness of the fruit. The husk should be light brown and fresh looking, not shriveled and dried. Fruit should be firm and free of defects. The tomatillo has a tart, lemony flavor that is enhance when cooked. (especially roasted) and is an excellent base for salsas. Salsa (salsa verde) is the most popular way to enjoy tomatillo, but tomatillos are also used in guacamole, stews, and salads.

The tomatillo is also known as husktomato, jamberry, or ground cherry. In Spanish: tomate de cascara, tomate de fresadilla, tomate milpero, tomate verde, tomatillo (Mexico), miltomate (Mexico, Guatemala).

Fresh ripe husk tomatoes will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks. If longer storage is desired, remove husks and place ripe fruit in sealed plastic bags and place in refrigerator. They may also be frozen whole or sliced.


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