Dear Sun Spots: I hope you can help with a few food questions I have. Where can I buy tomatillos? Are they seasonal? Hannaford sells “healthy coleslaw” in their deli department for folks on special diets. Can you list the ingredients for me, please? Thank you, Sun Spots! – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Tomatillos are a tomato relative. They are grown like tomatoes and the plant and leaves look like a tomato plant. According to www.gourmetsleuth.com, they provide the tart flavor in many Mexican sauces. The fruit of the plant is green and about the size of a large cherry tomato and the inside is white and meatier than a tomato. They grow inside of a thin paper-like husk.

You can find tomatillos at Hannaford. A member of their produce team told us that they usually have them year-round right in the tomato section. We also spoke with someone at Shaw’s who noted that they haven’t had any in awhile.

Also, a representative from the Hannaford consumer affairs department said that they discontinued their healthy coleslaw last fall. If you purchased some recently, he wonders if it was possible mislabeled.

In any case, if you ever need a list of ingredients or nutritional information from an item at the Hannaford deli, someone should be able to print that information out for you right at the deli. All you have to do is ask!

Dear Sun Spots: I read with interest your answer about the date of Easter, and I’m concerned both that you made it more complicated than it actually is and that it sounds like some secret thing from the Vatican. It did come from the Vatican, but that’s because the Vatican was the authority at the time.

Anyway, here’s how you figure it out: it’s the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox. Just look for the first day of spring, find the next full moon, and the next Sunday is Easter. If there’s a full moon on the first day of spring, the next Sunday is Easter. – Andrea, Farmington.


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