The best American name for this vegetable would probably be “Mexican green tomato”, but they actually taste nothing like regular tomatoes, In fact, the tomatillo is not a tomato at all. The tomatillo has a tart, lemony flavor that is enhance when cooked (especially roasted) and is an excellent base for salsas. While salsa (salsa verde) is the most popular way to enjoy tomatillo, they can be used in other ways. Tomatillos contain high amounts of vitamin A&C. Tomatillos are our #2 sales item!
1 pound tomatillos, husked, washed and chopped
1 pound Roma tomatoes, cored, seeded and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 bunch cilantro, leaves only, chopped
1/4 cup sugar
6 garlic cloves, minced
jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
2 tsp. sea salt, or to taste
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a pot, then cover and simmer about 1 hour. Set the pot aside and allow it to cool to room temperature. The tomatillo relish can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to a week.
Recipe from Whole Foods Market.