Tamarillo

1TamarilloTamarillos are also termed as tree tomato. These are unusual, exotic, subtropical fruit. These fruits are oval in shape and the outer skin covering them is either red or purple toned or it can be yellow or orange toned. An inner flesh that is black in colour is contained in red or purple toned tamarillo whereas orange coloured inner flesh is contained in yellow or orange tamarillo.

It can also be used in vegetable dishes it is due to the reason that it has two different types of varieties one is more tart than the other and it will be enhance the taste of the food when used in vegetable cooking.

These are native to South America, specifically Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru. This fruit is produced from tamarillo tree and it is an evergreen tree which can grow to a height of up to 10 feet.

There are many ways in which Tamarillo is used. It can be used to decorate flans, cakes, cheesecakes and pizza. It can be added to any dish in order to enhance its taste. Wedges of red and golden tamarillo can be tried with a cheese-board. An awesome sandwich can be prepared with fresh wholemeal bread, cottage cheese and slices of peeled tamarillo. It can be used in salads. Great preserves, jams, chutneys, jellies, relishes, sauces and marmalades can be prepared from tamarillo.

Nutritional Facts

Following are the nutritional facts of Tamarillo fruit

  • Essential vitamins which are needed by the body are provided by Tamarillo. It is a rich source of Vitamins A, C and provitamin A.
  • It is an excellent source of calcium, iron and potassium. Phosphorus and magnesium are also contained in it.

Scientific Classification

Following is the scientific classification of Tamarillo

  • Kingdom – Plantae, Angiosperms, Eudicots , Asterids
  • Order – Solanales
  • Family – Solanaceae
  • Genus – Solanum
  • Species – S. betaceum
  • Binomial name – Solanum betaceum