Fresh tomatillos

How to select

Choose tomatillos that are hard and dry with tight husks and dry, clean leaves.

How to prepare

Peel off the husk and rinse the tomatillo under running water. Remove the core before slicing.

How to store

Tomatillos can be stored loose or in an open container in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Use within 2-3 weeks. 

Peak season

Summer, fall

Ways to use

  • Tomatillos have a tart, fruity, slightly herbal flavor; add them to scrambled eggs. 
  • Wake up your salad with tomatillos. 
  • Add to a fresh salsa recipe. 
  • Use a tomatillo anywhere you'd use a tomato.

Fun facts

  • Tomatillos are also known as Mexican green tomatoes (tomate verde in Spanish), husk tomatoes, and jamberries. 
  • The Aztecs are thought to be the first to grow tomatillos before tomatoes were ever grown. 
  • Tomatillos have been described as "an indispensable ingredient in Mexican food." 

Nutrition info and facts

Cholesterol-free. Good source of vitamin C. Low in sodium, calories, and fat.

1 medium tomatillo = 11 calories, 2 g carbs, 13 mg phosphorus, 91 mg potassium, 4 mg vitamin C

Learn more

Growing tomatillos and ground cherries in home gardens (UMN Extension)