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Two years ago, I tried my hand at growing tomatillos in my garden with less than stellar results. This year, we tried again, and boy did we get tomatillos! We started six open-pollinated tomatillo plants from seed that I received during a community seed swap hosted by Sierra Seeds. They are called Purple Keeper Tomatillos and we were pleasantly surprised with how quickly they put on growth. 

With some patience (the fruits took some time to form), we harvested our first basket of beautiful purple tomatillos and set off to make a roasted salsa worthy of these beauties!

We found that this variety of tomatillos are slightly sweet, and we decided to commit to the richness by roasting onions + garlic and adding pungent cilantro. We also added some homegrown chiles (jalapenos + serranos) from our garden, which can be omitted if you do not want a spicy salsa.  The result is a DELICIOUS and easy salsa that is a new favorite on everything from eggs to quesadillas to salads!


Large Basket of Tomatillos, husked + rinsed with warm water

1/2 Yellow Onion

2-6 Garlic Cloves (Your Preference)

2-4 Jalapenos

2-4 Serranos

1 Bunch of Cilantro

Salt to Taste


Roast tomatillos, onion, garlic, and chili under broiler for ~3-7 minutes.

Place all roasted goodies + cilantro + salt to taste in a blender.

Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

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Hedge-witch, passionate gardener, advocate for the wild, and professional belly laugher, I strives to live my life with purpose and joy. After years of chronic illness and self-destructive habits, my life changed in an instant when a clinician offered me a bottle of herbal extract as medicine in 2009. Since then, I’ve been amazed time and again by the effectiveness and power of nature’s medicine. Motivated by the ever-quickening loss of our intricate web of life, I am often a passionate (and sometimes frank) voice for local, regenerative herbalism in the name of earth renewal. I strongly believe that a village herbalist belongs in every community and am happy to support this dream’s birth in to reality.

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