Tangy green tomatillos, beloved in Mexican cuisine for their fresh, bold, citrus-sweet flavour.
A delight to grow, tomatillos run rampant on our farm in France. They originally hail from Mexico, where they are adored for their fresh, tangy, citrus-sweet flavour, and used in almost everything. Grill, barbecue, roast or use in stews – but they are best in a salsa verde, where they combine so finely with coriander, garlic and chilli.
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Add chopped tomatillo to a stew for the last 30 mins of cooking, or roast them whole for 20 mins until soft and juicy
How to prepare
Tomatillos should be firm and green – don’t wait for them to turn red. Remove the inedible papery husk and wash any sticky sap off the fruits. Although they can be eaten raw, cooking tomatillos mellows their acidity. To prepare them for use in salsas or soups, boil for 5-7 mins, until soft. For Mexican salsa verde, combine with diced red onion, a little brown sugar, lime juice and zest, chilli, garlic and fresh coriander. Season with a little salt or sugar to taste at the end. This lends itself to all things grilled – chicken, pork and white fish.
Store in the salad compartment of your fridge and use within a week.
Grown by Riverford in the Vendée, La Boutinard, France
Le Boutinard is Riverford’s organic farm in the Vendée region of France, 20 miles north of La Rochelle. The brilliant French grower team, led by Marco Altamirano, supply our boxes with loads of colourful veg throughout the year. There’s lettuces, sweet mini peppers, cucumbers, broad beans, aubergines, autumn squashes – plus some of our favourite unusual treats of the year, including Padron peppers, physalis and tangy Mexican-style tomatillos.