In the part of the country where I live, there isn't much opportunity to sample Southwest or Mexican cuisine. I had never tasted tomatillos, but thought that I would try growing them in the garden last summer. They look pretty much like tomatoes, and if they could survive in our climate I would worry about what to do with them later.
After a few anxious months of searching for non-existent fruit on the blossom-covered plants, I did some online research. It seems that they take a long time to set fruit, but once they do there's no stopping them. Unlike tomatoes, which self-pollinate, tomatillos require at least two plants in order to fertilize the flowers. Check. I had two monster plants. So I patiently waited and was finally rewarded with little round parchment balls hiding the succulent fruit within.
They looked even more bum-esque in pairs.
How about upside down?
And just so you know, I roasted those naughty green butts and turned them into a salsa verde that was delicious as an accompaniment to my Canadian version of quesadillas.
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