Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ripe Bottoms

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 like little round bottomcheeks, and even more so when the fruit swelled and burst the paper-like covering. I thought I was seeing plumber's butts.

Or maybe I was having a Walmart flashback. Oh, no!

They looked even more bum-esque in pairs.

Well, not really. They simply couldn't compare with the rosy roundness of good ol' tomatoes.

Doesn't that look spankable?

How about upside down?

Even more so! Gardening can be such a naughty occupation if you let your mind wander.

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.

From Hermione's Heart


Our Bottoms Burn said...

They do make a very tasty sauce.

Hermione said...

Bogey - They're dee-lish!


Minielle Labraun said...

Yum... and yes those tomatoes do look spankable!

ronnie said...


You are very good at growing vegetables.

Very spankable tomatoe.


Aimless Rambling said...

The mind is such a wonderful thing. Never could acquire a taste for tomatillos and I never looked at them the way you described. lol

Awedbymywoman said...

How is it that vegetables look so erotic? One of life's mysteries. When my wife and I see anything that reminds us of buns we point them out to each other and have a little private laugh. Fun stuff!

Dragon's Rose said...

Just looking at them makes me itch. Allergies. But they do look spankable.

Terpsichore said...

I love your creative mind :-)

Hermione said...

Minelle - I thought it was amazing!

Ronnie - Thanks, but Ron must take half the credit.

Leigh - They aren't very nice raw, but in a salsa they're quite nice.

Rose - Aww, to bad you can't enjoy them.

Terps - Why thank you, my dear!


Anonymous said...

Cute. Thanks

Kaki said...

Those tomatoes look like somebody else thought they looked spankable too and did quite a job on them. I don't think I want to see my bottom that color red.

Roz said...

LoL Hermione, Isn't the mind a wonderful thing? I agree, the tomatoes do look spankable. Never tried tomatillos.


Hermione said...

Joey - You're welcome.

Kaki - It was quite a coincidence. I don't usually spank my tomatoes; I can them.

Roz - Neither had I until this year, but I will grow them again.


P.S. Thank you to those of you who sent me recipes. I'll have a busy weekend!