#SauceSpotlight: Tomatillo

Inspired by one of the quintessential ingredients of Mexican cuisine, Tomatillos, this sauce flavor is the perfect blend of tart and tangy. In honor of National Sauce Month, we’re sharing a little background on this important ingredient and its flavor profile.

What are Tomatillos?

Tomatillos— also known as Mexican husk tomatoes and the Mexican ground cherries— were first domesticated by Aztecs in central Mexico around 800 BCE and became an important crop for Mesoamerica. Today, most tomatillo production comes from Mexico and Central America, but the fruit can also be found growing in the south-western region of North America.

Although tomatillos may take on the appearance of green tomatoes, they have an identity of their own. This fruit comes in a variety of colors, but the most common are the vibrant green color tomatillos. Each tomatillo begins on a vine, covered in a paper-like husk. As the tomatillo grows, it fills the husk and when ripe it will cause it to split open. 

What do Tomatillos taste like?

Ripe tomatillos are firm and have a tart and slightly citrusy flavor. They are dense in texture and less watery than tomatoes. Once the paper-like husk is peeled off, they have a sticky residue that can be rinsed off with warm water.  A very versatile fruit, tomatillos can be incorporated into countless recipes either raw or cooked— the most popular way being in salsa verde (“green sauce”). Tomatillos can also be added to cocktails, curries, soups, or served as a side dish once fried, roasted or grilled. 

Not only do tomatillos taste good, but they are good for you! High in fiber and vitamins, tomatillos have some health benefits you won’t want to miss out on. Read more here

How can I use Tomatillo One Pot Simmer Sauce?

A blend of tomatillos and roasted chile de arbol come together in SALSAOLOGY Tomatillo One Pot Simmer Sauce to give a subtle smoky spice to your favorite Mexican dishes. From pork chile verde to chilaquiles verdes, this classic green sauce adds tons of flavor to every bite. Add sauce to your favorite protein and cook in a pressure cooker for 30 minutes. Pair prepared protein with rice and beans or tortillas for a delicious and easy dinner! Click here for recipe. 

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