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Mermelada de Tomate Verde con Limon
Makes about 1 1/4 cups

1 lb tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed and roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
4 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
Rind of a lime, whole or chopped
A pinch of salt

Place all of the ingredients into a saucepan set over medium heat. Let them come to a simmer and stir occasionally, letting them cook until it has thickened and achieved a soft and loose jam consistency, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Don’t wait until it has thickened too much, because it thickens considerably as it cools. Once it has cooled down, pour it into a container, cover tightly and refrigerate.


On the show you used two pounds of tomatillos. Which is correct?

Please excuse! Yes, it is ONE pound tomatillos for that measured recipe. Best!

what do u eat tomatillo and lime jam with it look remarkable

Hi Marva,
I like to eat the jam on toast, but I bet it would be great on warm biscuits too. It makes for a great afternoon snack with tea!

I plan on making this soon. Wondering if you have ever added a pepper to it to add some heat ? What cheeses would you serve it with ? Love your show, learning so much ! Thanks

My husband and I discovered your show a week or so ago and really enjoy it. Mexican is my favorite cuisine. We had walked past tomatillos many times, but now I can’t wait to try them. I am eager to make the tomatillo and lime jam.
I find your show to be entertaining and informative. You take the scary out of cooking!

What an interesting idea! I love tomatillos just pureed fresh with typical salsa ingredients. Would have never thought of this but I will surely try it.
I love your show, you are teaching much more about everyday foods and about how easy it is to use these ingredients that seem more exotic to Americans. What a nice show – I wish you much success with it!

I am also new to your program, i tried the Tomatillo Jam, it is amazingly good…thanks

I’m new to your program, too. I’ve been watching it for the past week or so and greatly enjoy it. I haven’t seen this episode yet but am very happy to find the tomatillo recipes. I discovered tomatillos in the last few years, and canned some tomatillo salsa which was absolutely fantastic. Love the idea of the jam, can’t wait to try it. I tried growing my own tomatillos last year and it was a bit of a challenge in the D.C. area, but I’m going to try again for 2012! Thank you so much, Pati, for making Mexican cooking so informative and accessible. Best!

Thank you for watching the show Megan! I am so happy you discovered tomatillos and hope you enjoy the jam!

Thanks for the tomatillo recipes! I’ve been wondering what to do with this fruit/veg for years. Thanks for taking the mystery out of it. I’ll be making the jam soon.

I run a summer food camp at my church and this week is Mexican week. We made this today and it was really runny, it never congealed. It tasted good but was very soupy and we let it cook an additional 10 minutes. Any thoughts???

Hola John, Thank you for your question. The summer food camp sounds fun! Depending on how strong your burners are it may take more or less time. Here are some tips. Make sure you are simmering gently on low-medium heat. The mixture should reduce into a loose jam. Then remove from the heat immediately and let it cool. As it cools, it will thicken. If the jam mixture turns into a caramel brown color, that means it is over cooked.

Thank you for the info. We did make it again and it was great. We did cut the water a little. BTW, at the end of each week of camp, we cook for all the parents. We decided on Mexican week last Friday as that was a suggestion from one of our students. Then, Saturday morning, our PBS station ran your episode with the tomatillas and your show gave us the menu. We set out the jam with chips as an appetizer along with your Salsa Verde including the avacado and quesco fresco. The main course was the chicken with tomatillas and brown sugar (BTW we found the hard block of sugar cane at a local Mexican store), and as a side dish the Warm Sweet Potato and Chorizo salad. It was a fabulous meal! Throughout this entire week, we went used 12 lbs of tomatillos and I do not know how many onions, tomatoes and jalapenos. Thank you so much for teaching me and therefore passing it along to the students a little about Mexican food!!!!

Made the jam today and it is delicious! I absolutely love Mexican Food and have been dying to learn how to make some authentic dishes. Your show has inspired me. Thank you!

SO happy to hear because that is what I aim to do ; )

I happened watch you program today 12/26/12 on PBS. You made the tomatillo and lime jam. My mouth was really watering. Now that I can find mexican food recipes on your websigt, I am going to make this and other mexican dishes for the New Year celebration. I love mexican food!!! Thank you for sharing.

Can this jam be canned (water bath method)?

I watched the episode where you made this and had to try it. So I patiently waited for my tomatillo plants to grow a pound of tomatillos. So I made it last night. I did make a few modifications. I only cooked it half as long as your recipe calls for, let it cool, added a package of sure-jell and brought it back to a boil and put it in boiled mason jars. No water bath necessary. My only regret is that I don’t have more tomatillos because this jam is out of this world delicious! This is a wonderful addition to the other jams I’ve made this year. Absolutely love your recipes and your show! :)

Thank you Rebecca!! :)

I love watching your show, saw you on the chew. I grew purplr tomatillos this year. Can they be eaten raw? I can and make jams too.

Thank you so much, Brea! YES, you can try the purple tomatillos raw. Maybe try them in this salad:

I just came across your website and i would love to make this jam!
However i have no access to fresh tomatillos. Would canned tomatillos work and set into a jam consistency? Or would i require the addition of pectin?

Thank you

Hi! I highly recommend using fresh tomatillos, but you may give it a shot with canned. If you do, let me know how it goes…

Pati, This recipe is fantastic. Made it a second time but didnt like the looks of the my lime peel and used lemon peel (peel of a small thin skin lemon, no pith). I removed the peel before filling the jars. The lemon and lime together for me took it over the top. Great recipe this will be an annual thing as my tomatillos ripen. I enjoy watching your show. Thank you so much.

Pati, This is a fantastic recipe. I made it the second time but because I didn’t like the looks of my peel I substituted peel from a thin skin lemon (no pith). WOW! The lemon and lime together took it over the top for me. Thank you so much for a great recipe. I also enjoy watching your show.

Oh this sounds great!

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