Sweet and Spicy Tomatillo
Tomatillo, also known as Tomate, are small spherical shaped Berries in the tomato family of fruits/ Vegetables. They are however most often considered and served as a vegetable. It’s tart and sweet flavors make it much sought after as a key ingredient in Central American dishes.
Origin and Class
Originating in Mexico, they were cultivated by the Aztecs centuries before the Spanish explorers introduced it elsewhere. Tomatillo are a member of the nightshade family with some of its close cousins being the tomato, ground-cherry, Potato, chili peppers and eggplant. They have similar growth characteristics as that of tomatoes. They reach about 30-60 cm in height and bear bright yellow colored flowers which appear about 60 days after seedling. Yet, unlike tomatoes, Tomatillo berry develops inside thin, semi-transparent calyx on the interior. Once it’s fully matured, its juicy pulp features tiny seeds just as in the tomatoes.
- Low in calories-can be beneficial to Weight Loss as it is also very nutrient Dense
- Beneficial to Digestive Health due to the High Fiber content
- Anti-Cancer properties due to unique antioxidant phytochemicals. Namely, withanolides
- Beneficial to Immune System Health due to its vitamin C Content
- Assists with Vision Health due to its Vitamin A content
- Helps Energy Levels: due to the Niacin content
- Aids Blood Pressure and Heart Health due to the positive ratio of Potassium to Sodium
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