By: Kelley Dillon and Jenny Breen
This recipe was inspired by our CSA which included tomatillos from Carrillo Brothers farm.
"We use all organic methods."
- Carrillo brothers, Carrillo Brothers Farm
Tomatillos, which means "little tomatoes" in Spanish, were first domesticated by Aztecs within central Mexico in 800 BC. Today, tomatillos are still an important crop to Latinx and other communities around the world. Latinx is the gender-neutral form of the terms Latino or Latina that refers to a person of Latin American origin or descendants.
Carrillo Brothers Farm is owned by brothers Jesus and Aldo Carrillo. They are emerging Latinx farmers. There are many Latinx farm workers in the United States, but few own farms. Carrillo Brothers Farm represents the intersection of sustainability, racial justice, and food justice.
Tomatillos grow within an enclosed papery husk. Although they are often used in savory dishes, tomatillos are considered fruit. Tomatillos come in varieties of yellow and purple, but green tomatillos are the most commonly used.
Tomatillos are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium, and phosphorus. Potassium helps to regulate muscle contractions, fluid balance, and blood pressure.