Temulence - an intoxication
Anyone guess what this is? Answer tomorrow.
The answer as guessed correctly by Happy Mouffetard is a tomatillo husk. I noticed it's glinting spun gold, floating around the garden like a fairy's ball gown.
The extraordinary intricacy of the husk detailed in it's cast shadow.
The tomatillos have been this years Socks' success story. The Bedsock was keen to grow them to flavour his Mexican cooking. I had my doubts wanting a less 'experimental' crop for the first year of greenhouse growing - but now I am converted. What's not to love? They grow profusely, hanging decoratively from the stems the charming little green lanterns hold the promise of a plump fruit. The husk eventually goes papery and the fruit falls. Peeling back the husk reveals an attractive, shiny, hard, slightly sticky green fruit which will keep for weeks.
This weekend we tasted them for the first time ever. The Bedsock oven-roast them
made them into a salsa
then added the salsa to a spicy chicken stew.
They also added extra excitement to a guacamole.
We haven't tried the tomatillos raw yet but the taste of a cooked one is quite unique. Fruity but with a warm earthiness and slight aftertaste of melon, was my first reaction. Excellent for mixing into a subtley spiced sauce.
We have never seen tomatillos on sale even in specialist shops - surprising as they are easy enough to grow. Perhaps it is because they can't be eaten as a fruit and lack versatility. Definitely a crop to be grown again next year although one or two plants should be enough for our use.