Tamarillo (Tree Tomato)
Fruit or vegetable?
Despite its close relationship to the tomato and potato, the tamarillo is a fruit and is mainly cultivated in northwestern South America.
The confusion comes not just from its genus but also from its name. It was given the exotic name “Tamarillo” about 50 years ago, on the other side of the world in New Zealand. Its original name was actually “tree tomato.”
The flesh of this egg-shaped fruit is reddish and fairly firm. With its sweet, tangy, slightly bitter aroma, it’s a little like a European plum. The vitamin content of tree tomatoes is impressive: 25 to 30 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams of flesh.
PRODUCT & CULTIVATION AREA
|Tamarillo purée NFC
|January – March
July – December