The Q&A Archives: Toma Verde Tomato

Question: This year I bought 3 tomato plants that were called "Toma Verde" tomatoes because they looked interesting. There wasn't any other information on the stake. They are a different looking tomato plant -- vinelike and the fruit is yellow-green and encased in a type of a husk. When you peel the husk off,. the tomato is sticky. The tomatoes smells sweet and when you cut into it there is mostly seeds. My question is, are these tomatoes edible and, if so, what are they good for? I have a bumper crop of these and if they are edible, I would like to do something with them.

Answer: Sounds as though your plants are 'Tomatillo', or husk tomato, a relative of regular tomatoes, but a completely different fruit. When the papery husk turns tan, the tomatillo's are ready for harvest. The fruits are used in South American cooking, and they are usually cooked to bring out their full flavor. Simmer for 5-10 minutes in a pot of water, then use in chili rellenos, salsa verde, guacamole, or other sauces or dips. The tomatillos add a nice sweet-sour flavor to dishes.

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