Recipe: Fresh Tomatillo and Ground Cherry Salsa

October 15, 2017


This simple recipe for fresh salsa takes advantage of two "husked" tomato relatives - tomatillos and ground cherries - that make for a uniquely sweet salsa. 



Tomatillos (Physalis philadelphica), also sometimes referred to as "Mexican Husk Tomatoes," are often used for salsa verde; they grow to about one to two inches in diameter and have a tart flavor.  We used green tomatillos for this recipe but you could also use purple tomatillos which have a slightly sweeter flavor. 



Ground cherries (Physalis pruinosa) are in the same genus as tomatillos and also grow in a husk but are much smaller - the size of a marble or small grape.  They are part of the tomato family, so not technically a cherry.  The fruit inside is yellowish-orange and you actually wait for them to fall off of the plant to harvest (hence the name "ground cherry").   They are slightly sweet but also with a bit of tartness, so they pair well with their relative the tomatillo.


Both tomatillos and ground cherries need to be husked and washed before using them, so there's a bit of work to the preparation, but combining the final salsa is easy.  The rest of the ingredients are the traditional ones - peppers, garlic, onions, lime juice, and cilantro.  Chop everything to your liking (we prefer a pretty small dice for this salsa so that you can get a little bit of everything on your chip!).


Recipe: Tomatillo and Ground Cherry Salsa

Makes about 2 cups salsa


About 20 husked tomatillos, chopped (yields about 1/2 cup)

About 24 husked ground cherries, chopped (yields about 4 Tbsp)

1/2 onion, chopped

1/2 red pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons minced cilantro

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

(optional: 1 minced jalepeno pepper)


Directions: Combine all ingredients and enjoy!





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