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Tomatillo

Why Eat It
Nutrition Chart


Why Eat It

Its name means "little tomato" in Spanish, and this small, round vegetable-fruit does look like a pearly skinned cherry tomato. But tomatillos are enclosed in papery brown husks and are almost always used green rather than ripe: Their tart, lemony flavor contributes to Mexican salsa cruda and salsa verde (a cooked sauce for poultry or enchiladas). Fresh tomatillos can sometimes be found in Latin-American grocery stores: Select hard specimens (like unripe tomatoes) with clean, dry husks; you can refrigerate them in a paper bag for three weeks or longer. Husk, wash, and stem them before using. Canned tomatillos are common in Latin stores, and can be used in many of the same ways as the fresh.

Nutrition Chart

Tomatillo/1 cup raw chopped

42
Total fat (g)
1.4
Saturated fat (g)
0.2
Monounsaturated fat (g)
0.2
Polyunsaturated fat (g)
0.6
Dietary fiber (g)
2.5
1
Carbohydrate (g)
8
Cholesterol (mg)
0
Sodium (mg)
1


Date Published: 04/21/2005
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