Scientific Name: Physalis philadelphica
Country of Origin: Mesoamerica
Tomatillos belong to the nightshade family and come in two varieties, green and purple. Purple tomatillos are the most distinctive. Tomatillos are native to Mesoamerica and are used in many Mexican and Central Ameican dishes. The primary use for tomatillos are green sauces, like the iconic salse verde. Tomatillos are a delicious flavoring when used in place of tomatoes in soups or stews. The fruit grows wrapped in a protective "bag" called a calyx, which should not be eaten because of its toxicity.
Tomatillo Salsa Verde