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How to Eat a Tamarillo

author image M.H. Dyer
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.
How to Eat a Tamarillo
Tamarillos are related to tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and peppers.

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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Raw Tamarillo

Step 1

Wash the tamarillo under cool water.

Step 2

Cut the tamarillo in half with a paring knife, cutting the fruit crosswise.

Step 3

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.

Cooked Tamarillo

Step 1

Rinse the tamarillo. Place the clean tamarillo in a heat-proof glass or ceramic bowl.

Step 2

Pour boiling water over the tamarillo. Use enough boiling water to cover the fruit.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Use the tip of a paring knife to grab a bit of the peel. Slide the peel off the fruit.

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