GROW YOUR OWN FOOD – TOMATILLO (tom-a-tee-o) The #tomatillo, also known as the #Mexican husk tomato. Tomatillos originated in #Mexico and were cultivated in the pre-Columbian era. Used for #verde (green) #salsas & #sauces. The #seeds for this plant were from a fresh tomatillo bought in a grocery store.

Flowers on a tomatillo plant
Tomatillo Plant


Choose a sunny location in your garden. Can be grown in a large pot. Use organic soil. Enrich with plant or animal compost. You can set plants deep like you would a tomato. burying most of the plant. Space plants about 3 feet apart. Use a cage or trellis to support the plant as it grows. Grow in the same way as you would tomatoes. 

Tomatillos with husks



    • 1-1/2 pounds fresh tomatillos
    • 5 fresh Serrano chiles.
    • 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
    • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1 large red onion, coarsely chopped
    • 2 teaspoons sea or Kosher salt


  1. Preheat your broiler.
  2. Remove husks and rinse under warm water to remove stickiness.
  3. Broil chiles, garlic, and fresh tomatillos on rack of a broiler pan 1 to 2 inches from heat, turn once, until tomatillos are softened and slightly charred, about 6-7 minutes.
  4. Cool garlic and chilies slightly. Peel garlic and pull off tops of chiles. Seed if you do not like your salsa to hot.
  5. Purée all ingredients in a blender.
  6. chilled and cover.
  7. Makes 3 cups.


Salsa Verde

  • 1 pound tomatillos , husks and stems removed, rinsed well and dried
  • 9 scallions
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and threaded onto wooden skewer
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 2 Serrano chiles, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea or Kosher Salt
  • Cast iron skillet or flat pan
  • pan lid
  1. Brush tomatillos, scallions, and garlic with 1 tablespoon oil.
  2. Place tomatillos, scallions, and garlic on pan.
  3. Cover and cook until tomatillos, scallions, and garlic are charred on both sides and soft.  This should take about 8 to 10 minutes
  4.  Transfer vegetables to a plate.  Let cool to the touch.
  5. Chop scallions.
  6. Place scallions, tomatillos, garlic, cilantro, Serrano, lime juice, sugar, cumin, chipotle powder, remaining 2 tablespoons oil in food processor or blender. Pulse until mixture is roughly chopped.
  7. Transfer to bowl and season with salt and lime juice to taste.


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