https://whatsupusana.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Salsa_Garden_Feature_16x9.png 648 1152 Ben Raskin http://whatsupusana.staging.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/USANA_logo.png Ben Raskin2017-05-05 08:00:502017-05-05 09:44:36Make Mine Picante: Tips for Planting a Salsa Garden
Tastes Like SummerIt’s the first thing that hits the table at your favorite Mexican restaurant. And usually the first thing that gets polished off at the backyard BBQ. Chips and salsa has quickly become America’s favorite snack. Since 1992, salsa has been the number one condiment in the United States. It even overtook ketchup as the top sauce at the dinner table. Makes sense to me. Nothing tastes better than the fresh tomatoes, the crunch of the onions, the zing of the chili peppers, and how well it goes with adult beverages. Growing up in Nevada, it seemed commonplace to put salsa on everything from hamburgers, eggs, tacos or anything else that needed a little zip. Here’s some fun facts about salsa:
- Salsa originated with the Inca people. There’s historic records of crushed tomatoes, chilies, and other spices from the 1500s.
- Salsa is Spanish for sauce. It’s originally from the Latin word “sal,” or salt.
- Over 22 million pounds of jalapeños were used to make salsa in 2015.
- Chips and salsa are the official snack food of Texas.
- May is National Salsa Month.
The Rooster’s BeakWhile there are literally hundreds of salsa recipes out there, for my money, pico de gallo is the king. It’s what most of us think of as being salsa. Pico de gallo is Spanish for “beak of the rooster.” Because of its rough, chopped appearance, pico de gallo got its name from the way a rooster would peck at his food. I’m a pico de gallo fan. With chunks of tomato, slivers of garlic, diced chili peppers, and a little onion, it’s zesty and delicious. Best of all, all of the ingredients you need to make this popular salsa can be grown in a small garden. Here are some tips for growing your own salsa garden this summer.
The Sun Also RisesTo grow great salsa, you’ll need five different plants:
- Chili peppers