Do you associate exotic fruit with a long life ripening in the tropical sunshine? Well, the tamarillo is living proof that this is not always necessarily true. The fruits originate from the Andes mountains, where they grow at an altitude of 1000 to 3000 metres. Our tamarillos are grown in Colombia, where the conditions are very favourable.
Tamarillos are also known as tree tomatoes. This name is no coincidence: the fruits are oval shaped, and they come in both red and yellow. At EAT ME we only sell the red variant. Inside the flesh is orange, with small dark, edible seeds. The tree tomato has an intense flavour with a hint of sweetness. You can eat the skin, but it has a very bitter taste.
Recipes with tamarillo
Tamarillo on a bread roll. Tamarillo gazpacho. Or, if you want a lazier day in the kitchen, a salad featuring tamarillo as an ingredient. This goes to show just how versatile the tamarillo is! And it can also be cooked.
Slice the EAT ME tamarillo in half and spoon out the flesh. If you need slices, then remove the skin first. You can also cook the tamarillo.
How to use tamarillo in the kitchen?
- In salads
- As a snack
- In the blender
Tamarillos can be kept for a few days after purchase. But don’t store them in the fridge.
Where do tamarillos come from?
EAT ME tamarillos come from Colombia. The trees that produce the fruits reach an age of 10-12 years. The first fruits appear on the tree 1-2 years after the seeds were planted. A remarkable aspect of the trees is the thick trunk, that spreads into thick, soft branches. Tamarillo begins life as a wonderfully fragrant flower. The tree bears red fruits, which slowly change colour to a deep ruby. The fruits are harvested when the grower sees 70% ripeness. The fruit is cut from the tree.