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
I grow in warm places like Mexico and some parts of the United States. You can find me growing on the ground on a bushy plant with lots of green leaves. 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. Once my flower is pollinated, I start to grow inside a husk that protects me until I'm ready to eat.
After I'm picked
When my fruit fills the husk, that's how you know I’m ready to be picked.
After I'm picked, people use me in various ways. 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?
Watch the video to learn more.
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