Simply the Most Fabulous Fresh Salsa-Pico De Gallo!


| 8/27/2018 10:50:00 AM


 

There is nothing better than fresh summer fruits and vegetables and this is the time of the year for tomatoes. I have a dear friend who is from Mexico and she was visiting the farm a few years ago in August.  After brushing the horses, feeding the pigs and helping collect eggs, we ended up at the garden on a pre-dinner collecting expedition.  As we filled the basket with cucumbers, peppers, onions and tomatoes, Sandra exclaimed with delight over my abundant and over-sized jalapenos. 

“Do you make pico?” she asked.

“Make what? I asked.

“Pico de gallo! You know fresh salsa!”  I love salsa and I had made regular cooked salsa and tomato salads but never this mysterious pico de gallo.



Pico de gallo literally means “beak of the rooster” and it’s not entirely clear where the name comes from though online discussion boards offer two possible ideas.  One is that to calm fighting roosters, trainers would put the rooster’s head in their mouth and at first the rooster would peck the tongue similar to the bite of the hot peppers in the pico de gallo salsa.  Another is that the finely minced ingredients looked like chicken feed.  No matter where the name comes from, pico de gallo is a salsa that originated in Mexico.



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