Produce of the Month: Tomatillos!
9.12.17 – Pronounced “tohm-ah-TEE-ohs,” September is the last month to search for this tart fruit. Tomatillos are also known as husk tomatoes, Mexican green tomatoes, and jam berries. Learn more about this delicious fruit in this Produce of the Month blogpost.
A tomatillos husk is a good indicator of its ripeness. Select tomatillos that have an intact, tight-fitting, light brown or slightly green husk. Fresh tomatillos with their husks still intact may be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. They are best stored in a paper bag. Tomatillos last a week longer in the refrigerator if the husks are removed and the fruit is placed in sealed plastic bags. Tomatillos may also be frozen after removing the husks.
Avocado and Tomatillo Salsa
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free
-2 large, 3 medium, or 6 small tomatillos, husked
-4 cloves garlic, skin on
-1 jalapeño pepper (more or less, depending on preference and heat level)
-1 shallot, peeled
-1 Hass avocado, pitted and scooped
-Juice of 2 limes
-1 bunch cilantro
-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1. Put a small skillet over medium high heat. Without using any oil, add the tomatillos, garlic, jalapeño and shallot and dry roast, turning occasionally, until there are many black spots on the vegetables, about 5 minutes.
2. Put the tomatillos and shallot in your blender jar. Peel the garlic and add it to the blender. Halve, seed, and stem the jalapeño and add it to the blender.
3. Add the avocado, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, and salt. Process on high speed until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning – it may need more lime juice or salt. If it needs more heat, judiciously add cayenne or any chili powder you prefer.