to·​ma·​til·​lo | \ ˌtō-mə-ˈtē-(ˌ)yō How to pronounce tomatillo (audio) , -ˈtēl-(ˌ)yō How to pronounce tomatillo (audio) \
plural tomatillos

Definition of tomatillo

: the small round yellow, purplish, and especially pale green edible sticky fruit of a Mexican ground-cherry (Physalis ixocarpa synonym P. philadelphica) also : the plant that bears tomatillos

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LA Taco shared the recipe: split and boil a summer squash and a half dozen tomatillos. Cirrus Wood, The Mercury News, "Avocados too expensive? Make mock-amole," 11 Aug. 2019 Drinks: Spice things up with the Wicked Engkantada, tequila blended with a housemade tomatillo mix ($10) or cool off with a sorbet mimosa ($9). Samantha Nelson,, "13 new summer brunches in Chicago," 17 June 2019 Plant all of your nightshade plants — tomato, pepper, eggplant, tomatillo — in the same bed. Nan Sterman,, "April in the garden," 5 Apr. 2018 Split the squash, the half-dozen tomatillos and the jalapeno lengthwise. Cirrus Wood, The Mercury News, "Avocados too expensive? Make mock-amole," 11 Aug. 2019 Now, despite the similar sounding name, a tomatillo is not, in fact, a tomato. Paul Stephen,, "Tomatillos star in 5 dishes beyond green salsa," 7 Aug. 2019 Charring tomatillos and jalapeños on either a grill or stovetop adds a welcome smokiness to the salsa too. Los Angeles Times, "Salsa verde’s vegan anyway, but this one’s the best," 29 July 2019 Raw, a tomatillo is firm and somewhat acidic, with a bright, floral and almost citrusy flavor. James P. Dewan, Twin Cities, "Dishes to make with tomatillos, plus a trick for getting those sticky husks off," 4 June 2019 Take the time to give your protein a quick dip, or throw together a blender tomatillo sauce, and you’ll be rewarded with something that tastes great. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to make better, more flavorful burritos at home," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of tomatillo

circa 1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tomatillo

Spanish, diminutive of tomate

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