16 September 2008

September Verdure (With Recipe)

Green, green, green! Is there a color that says "Alive!" more insistently? Energy readers see the heart chakra as a beautiful, translucent green, the color of Nature's love. Doesn't it make you feel vital?

It's September 16th—in my part of the Northern Hemisphere green is already starting to give way to yellow, orange and red so we have to get it (and preserve it) while it lasts.

On a recent trip to the farmer's market, I fell in love with the pure verdancy of the tomatillos and the poblano peppers. Very different hues, both singing life at full volume. So I took some home. (Isn't the contrast in texture between the tomatillo husk and fruit amazing?)

Salsa Verde seemed the perfect way to combine these delicacies, so I brewed up my first-ever batch. My version is mildly hot, fat-free, super easy, and fabulously green.

Salsa Verde

A dozen-ish tomatillos
1 poblano pepper
1 medium onion, preferably a sweet variety, like Vidalia
Fresh garlic to taste (I used 4 or 5 cloves)
1/2 large bunch cilantro
1 lime
Pinch of salt

Remove the husks from the tomatillos and wash off the waxy coating underneath. Chop the tomatillos, pepper, onion and garlic and stew together with a small amount of water until quite soft. Let cool. (I put mine in the refrigerator for a couple of days until I had time for the next step.) It will look like this:

Not green enough yet!

Chop the cilantro (including stems),

and juice the lime.

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Puree together until smooth. Adjust salt to taste. Serve warm, room temperature, cold or (see below) frozen.

A bit tart, a bit sweet, with a flavorful bouquet I haven't found in jarred or restaurant salsa. I was tempted to eat some for dessert!

To keep the green going all year, freeze or can. I froze some and then scraped a little out of the top of the jar to get the lid to fit more snugly. It made a superb (though unusual) sorbet. Try it and let me know what you think!


Darx said...

Oh, I can't wait to try it! Did I tell you we have a rogue tomatillo plant growing in our garden? It took us ages to identify it. The Professor didn't even remember ever having had tomatillos-- I guess the seeds survived the compost pile all winter!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmmmmmmm! Delicious green. Fabulous photos. I'm almost done licking my computer screen!