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This is my first year growing tomatillos and I haven't ever cooked with them. How do I know when they are ripe? The whole plant looks paler than my tomatoes. More of a yellowy green. The paper cask thingies are pale yellow. Are they supposed to turn more brown? The fruit is very pale yellow and sticky. They taste sweet. Sorry, I'm totally new to these little guys.
 

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I posted about this earlier <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
This is my first year growing them too, and I thought the husks needed to be brown as well. However, it seems that I was wrong... at least partly. Some sites say they are ripe when they fill out the husk no matter what color they are, some say when they husk turns brown, some say yellow. I think it must depend on the type of tomatillo you ar growing.<br><br>
Here's one <a href="http://gourmetsleuth.com/tomatillos.htm" target="_blank">Link</a>, and <a href="http://plantanswers.tamu.edu/vegetables/tomatill.html" target="_blank">another</a> with conflicting information.<br><br>
I made Salsa Verde (see the "me" link) out of my first harvest <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Sorry I was not more help.
 

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Thank you so much for the links and info! I'm going to pick em today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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I find mine are ready when they fall off in my hand, I don't have to pull at all. At that point, the husks are brown or yellow. I toss them in green chili, YUM!
 

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We had hundreds of tomatillos last year from ONE plant that completely took over the garden.<br><br>
I make a salsa that I use on fish or just eat w/ chips.<br><br>
I get a garlic clove, a chile, and about 10 tomatillos and boil in a couple of inches of water.<br><br>
While that is boiling, I chop up a handful of cilantro and about 1/2 an onion and add salt and pepper and then squeeze lemon juice on it. It is a little soggy from the lemon juice.<br><br>
Drain the tomatillo/chile/garlic after tomatillos are very soft. Be carfeul that they do not get over-boiled and fall apart. Let cool.<br><br>
Then throw everything in a blender. Yum.<br><br>
Tastes even better on day 2 after being refrigerated.
 

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My tomatillo salsa is the same, except uncooked and I prefer limes to lemons (cheaper, too!). Just throw it all in a blender or food processor and season to taste.
 

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We got several dozen tomatillos from our farm co-op and my dh brought some to work to share with a friend from Mexico. She, in turn sent him home with two of the best recipes for mexican food I've ever,ever had. They're on dh's work computer, but I'll see if I can have him send them to me.<br><br>
the first one is a salsa, and it has:<br><br>
tomatillos<br>
avacado<br>
garlic<br>
onion<br>
seranno chile<br><br><br><br><br>
it was sooo good I didn't even bother emptying it from the food processor into a bowl, I just stood there and ate it right from the food processor. We finished the entire batch in about two hours (dh, me, and my daughter).<br><br><br><br>
the second one is a green enchilada recipe. Ohmygosh. I have never eaten an enchilda that tasted this good.<br><br>
I'm a tomatillo convert!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Oh, and for what it's worth, at the farm, the farmer, Diane told us the same thing. She doesn't do u-pick for tomatillos because it's more of a "feel" thing...when they're ready they come off really easily. We get brown and yellow husks alike in our share, and they're all good.
 

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Courtenay, Oh please may I have that enchalada recipe? Please, please, please?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: I just picked another basket full today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Does anyone know if saving tomatillo seeds is the same as tomato seeds? I really want to grow these again next year.
 

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Not sure, but we have many plants this year from tomatillos that fell off in the garden last season.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Right then, I will leave one or two in the garden <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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