Where does the tamarillo come from?

The tamarillo, also known as the tree-tomato, is a product that originates in the Andes.

Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia were the first origins where the fruit was produced for local consumption. It was and still is very popular locally but is also exported around the world. New Zealand and some African countries do also grow tamarillo.

How is it grown?

The tamarillo grows on a tree. This tomato tree can become as high as 7 metres. It requires subtropical temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees and needs lots of water or rain. It cannot survive frost or severe droughts. Tamarillo is usually red, but there are also yellow varieties; the first original was yellow!

What do you taste when you eat tamarillo?

The peel of the fruit is bitter and is usually not eaten. Best way to enjoy is to cut it in half and to spoon the flesh out, possibly with some sugar. The taste is lightly sweet and intense. Tamarillo is also often used in fruit salads. In New Zealand, the fruit is peeled out and spread over the breakfast toast. Sounds good!



How do you keep it fresh?

Tamarillo can be kept in the normal refrigerator for a few days after purchase. This fruit is fresh (ripe) when you can gently squeeze it, when it is soft.

Where does the name come from?

The word tamarillo is created in New Zealand and is made up of ‘tama’ (Maori for leadership) and ‘amarillo’ (Spanish for yellow).