is the term applied to a number of sauces that have been at the heart of Mexican fare for centuries. In its simplest form, it is made from a base ingredient, such as tomatoes, tomatillos, peaches or pineapple; and enhanced with roasted chilies, bell pepper, onion, cilantro, garlic and other herbs. When mixed together, the flavors of these humble ingredients blend to create Salsa; a dish that is so much more than the sum total of its parts!
It is hard to believe that as recently as a generation or two ago most Americans had never heard of this delicious sauce. Once we tasted it, however, our appetite for salsa's zesty flavor couldn't be easily quenched. At first we used it as a dip on tortilla chips. But it wasn't long before we discovered that salsa could lend a great flavor to a myriad of main dish recipes. Today it is one of America's favorite condiments!
High in flavor, low in calories and fat; Salsa comes in many varieties so there's something for everyone! What could be better? As with most foods, "Fresh is Best." With all of the additives, preservatives and processing that go into commercially packed products, what we get out of a jar from the supermarket just can't rival the taste of homemade salsa. That's why you should have your own Salsa Garden! These theme gardens are fun to grow and you can do it most anywhere. You don't have to dedicate your entire backyard to gardening. Just tuck in a Cilantro plant here and a Tomato plant there. As long as they can get plenty of sun, most of the plants needed to make traditional tomato salsa are so adaptable that you don't need any yard or garden at all! With a little care, they will flourish just as readily in planters on your patio, or around your pool, as they would in the ground!
As you can probably guess by now, we're salsa enthusiasts! That's why we've dedicated SalsaGarden.com exclusively to Salsa. Spend some time here. Look around. When you're ready for a salsa garden of your own, you'll find a lot of information to get you started. Read Planning a Garden for help in choosing and preparing your site. Look at our individual articles pertaining to the plants you'll want to grow. We have dozens of Salsa Recipes to help turn your ingredients into the best salsa you've ever tasted! There's also Cooking with Salsa, where you'll find delicious main dish recipes that use salsa as a key ingredient. Plan to check back often as our gardening information and recipe selection is constantly growing and changing.