Tomatillo Facts for Kids
What am I?
I’m used a lot in Mexican food, like salsa verde. The Aztecs grew me 2,800 years ago! However, scientists recently found fossils of my plant in Argentina - so I’m really old! Today, I’m still most popular in Central America (like Mexico). I’m usually green, but I can also be purple or yellow.
Where I grow
My plant can pollinate without bees, but I need a friend. So when I’m planted, I grow in pairs. I like to stretch out my stems and leaves, so my plant needs a lot of space in a garden. I grow best in warm climates. Once my flower is pollinated, I start to grow my fruit which is protected in a husk. The husk wraps around the part you eat.
After I'm picked
When my fruit fills the husk, I’m ready to pick. Then I can be stored in the refrigerator for a few weeks. Instead of eating raw, I’m usually cooked and added to salsa, soups, and stews. When you’re ready to cook me, just peel off the husk and wash off my stickiness.
Did you guess... Tomatillo
Tomatillo is also called Mexican Husk Tomato. Tomatillo in Spanish means "little tomato." Have you tried tomatillo?
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