Tamarillo, also known as a tree tomato, is a bright red or golden, egg-shaped topical fruit native to South and Central America. Tamarillos are grown commercially in South and Central America, Australia, Africa and Asia. In the United States, the fruit is grown primarily in California. The tamarillo is rich in vitamins, A, B6, C, E, fiber and antioxidants. Although the outer covering is bitter, the fruit of the tamarillo is juicy and flavorful. Eat the tamarillo as a snack or use the colorful exotic fruit in a myriad of ways.
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Wash the tamarillo under cool water.
Cut the tamarillo in half with a paring knife, cutting the fruit crosswise.
Sprinkle the tamarillo with sugar, then eat the tamarillo fruit directly out of the peel, using a spoon. Don't eat the peel, which is bitter and unpalatable.
Rinse the tamarillo. Place the clean tamarillo in a heat-proof glass or ceramic bowl.
Pour boiling water over the tamarillo. Use enough boiling water to cover the fruit.
Allow the tamarillo to remain in the hot water for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain the hot water and replace it with fresh water to cool the tamarillo.
Use the tip of a paring knife to grab a bit of the peel. Slide the peel off the fruit.
- Healthy Food Guide: What to do With Tamarillos
- Oregon State University Extension: Tamarillo
- NZ Tamarillo Growers Association: Tamarillo, Fruit for Life From New Zealand
- Lifestyleblock.co.nz: What to do with Tamarillo; 2008
- NZ Tamarillo Growers Association: Things to Try
- NZ Tamarillo Growers Association: Peeling