The Carosello cucumber has to be one of the most delicious fruits or vegetables I’ve eaten.…
So, when is a tomatillo ripe enough to eat? For some reason, there is a lot of conjecture over this but really, there shouldn’t be.
Who would have thought an unlikely fruit such as a tomatillo could cause so much consternation.
There are three principle colors to look for when a tomatillo is ripe. Green, yellow and purple.
But the ultimate giveaway to know when a tomatillo is ripe will be determined by the husk around the fruit.
When this begins to open, the tomatillo is ripe. Some say it will burst open but whether it does or not, it’s a signal that the fruit inside is ready for sampling.
So the next question should be, now that you know that the tomatillo is ripe, when should you eat it? Some may say isn’t that the same thing but if you think about it, no, it’s two different things.
There are stages of ripeness the tomatillo will go through that will provide variations in taste.
I like to eat tomatillos when they are fully ripe. Green tomatillos are fine but for mine, a fully ripe fruit is best.
It is firm to touch and should have a yellow color bordering on purple.
Can You Eat An Unripened Tomatillo?
This is a great question and one you should be asking. An unripe tomatillo may not be your best friend.
I have been reading where while it’s not recommended, some are suggesting it’s okay. I don’t agree with this. Why flaunt with something that could harm you.
The tomatillo is part of the Nightshade family. It produces solanine which is a toxic substance.
To what level the toxicity within an unripe tomatillo measures is questionable but the “rule of the green thumb” should be, just don’t eat it. Why would you want to?
Give the fruit time to burst its husk and tell you when it’s ready to consume.
Also, avoid using or mixing unripe tomatillos with other food thinking the toxicity will be watered down. Bottomline, just don’t mess with members of the Nightshade family when they’re not ready to be eaten. They’ll provide strong clues when they are ripe enough to eat.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Tomatillos?
Tomatillos contain at least the equal amount of vitamin C as oranges and are high in potassium. This helps with circulation, heart health, and reducing the risk of stroke.
Tomatillos also contain vitamin A. The biggest benefit from eating tomatillos are in the area of heart health.
With low levels of sodium, the regulation of blood pressure is a benefit this little fruit can offer.
With the amount of vitamin C and the levels of vitamin A within tomatillos, the elimination of free radicals within the body is high on the health benefits list they provide.
Tomatillos also are high in fiber which is so important in maintaining a healthy system within your body.
In fact, some say fiber is key to good health levels within people. As I get older, fiber becomes more and more important in my diet.
Regulating blood sugar levels is a benefit of fiber in the diet and preventing diseases such as diabetes.
But while tomatillos definitely provide some healthy benefits, I want to issue a warning.
Don’t worry, I’m not about to make a major announcement. It’s just that tomatillos perhaps should be eaten in moderation.
While not anything to worry about, consuming large amounts of this fruit which contain low amounts of fat could contribute to putting on an extra pound or two if eaten in large amounts.
So just take it easy when eating tomatillos. Eat in moderation and you will be fine.
The great thing about tomatillos is that they have a unique flavor and it doesn’t take many of them to add their special taste quality to any dish. Moderation is the key though when eating tomatillos. Just so you know.
When Is The Best Time Pick A Ripe Tomatillo?
When I was a child growing up on my parents farm, one sound I got used to hearing early in the morning was the sound of rustling in the garden.
Being woken before six in the morning was commonplace. The sound was usually my mother either harvesting a variety of vegetable or fruit in the garden, or she was performing some type of maintenance.
Her response when I asked why she did garden work even before the sun came up was, it is always best to pick your produce in the morning.
This is a rule that many gardeners still swear by. Maybe it’s the fresh feel of the air in the morning that makes produce look crisper and feel better.
So pick tomatillos in the morning. You won’t regret it if you are looking to maximize freshness and taste.
Simply scan the tomatillo plants for the husks that are bursting open and remove them along with the fruit inside. If there is a little moisture or dew around, place them on a counter and let them dry before using them.
Conclusion: When Is A Tomatillo Ripe
So in conclusion, the answer to the question when is a tomatillo ripe is, when the husk around the fruit says so.
In other words, when the husk begins to open up revealing the fruit inside, it’s a fair bet the tomatillo can be eaten.
Finally, I wanted to cover the health benefits of eating tomatillos again. Before I list them, just eat them in moderation unless you are a fanatical fitness “nut”.
We’ve established that tomatillos have a number of health benefits. Here are some of the main benefits again.
1. They are high in antioxidants, which can help protect against disease.
2. They are a good source of vitamin C, which can help boost the immune system.
3. They are high in fiber, which can help with digestion and weight loss.
4. They contain potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure levels.
So, the tomatillo can be a healthy part of your diet. Like anything, eat them in moderation and please, wait until the husk bursts open before eating them.