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Pineapple Tomatillos. I think.

(post, Cristin Couzens)

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The danger of telling people you write a blog about vegetables, is they actually expect you to know something about vegetables.  Go figure.

It’s not easy to explain that yes, I do write a blog about vegetables, but I’m a veritable veggie ignormaus, except for the 13 I’ve already written about.  “Beets grow in the winter, right?” or “garlic is from the allium family, isn’t it?” are not uncommon things for people to say to me these days.  Instead of responding with something like, “why yes, beets do grow in the winter, especially in Zone 8 in sandy loam soil where they can get at least six hours of sunlight” (which is completely made up) I say something like, “mmmm, yeah, I think so.” 

Unlike my husband, who comes from a long line of “just-so” (but oh-so lovable) story spinners, I was not born with bllsht gene.  

At the Saturday Farmers Market at Portland State University, I lucked out.  Seeing Pineapple Tomatillos grown by Sun Gold Farm for the second time, I’d already done some preliminary research.  When a couple noticed me eyeing them and asked me what they were, I told them they were Pineapple Tomatillos, that they could eat them raw or use them in salsas or to make jam.  Typical Tomatillos are used in salsa verde (green salsa) and these pineapple guys would make a nice addition to a salsa verde. They’re related to tomatoes, but are a different species of vegetable, and actually they’re not a vegetable at all, really they’re a fruit.  

This might have been more information than they were looking for.  But I felt like a veggie expert, if only for a few minutes. 

But then, delving deeper into the Tomatillo world, I discovered that what I said were Pineapple Tomatillos may not actually be Pineapple Tomatillos at all.  

Read more at The Weekly Veggie

Do you have a recipe that includes Pineapple Tomatillos?  Please let me know and post it on Culinate!