This interesting New Zealand fruit looks like a small tomato and actually is a relative to the tomato, eggplant, potato and capsicum pepper.
Now that said it actually tastes more like a tomato (A fruity tasting tomato is how I would describe it.)
The taste is a cross between a plum and tomato maybe? It’s smell is sweet, thought it smelt like a plum! When I scooped it out and tasted it, I was shocked! Tasted nothing like a fruit at all! I admit I didn’t eat more than a bite. When you cut it open it has a kiwi-like appearance. A vegetable disguised as a fruit or a fruit disguised as a vegetable?
I would definitely recommend NOT eating the skin, it tastes pretty unpleasant. You should cut it open and spoon out the flesh with a spoon or peel the skin off before you eat it.
Peeling the tamarillo is a bit tricky too. The best way to do this is to place it in a heat proof bowl, pour in some boiling water so the fruit is covered completely and then let it sit for 3-4 minutes. drain and refresh with cold water. Make a small cut with a knife and the skin will just slip right off..
Unless you are a huge fan of eating raw tomatoes I wouldn’t suggest eating this fruit on its own. I tried it and I’m not a huge fan of tomato’s so I really didn’t like it at all.
Serving it up in different ways such as in snacks, drinks, salads, desserts sauces, could make for an interesting new taste..
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup plain or flavoured yogurt or 2 scools of ice-cream
2 tsp honey
Peel the tamarillos by pouring over boiling water. Let stand for 3-4 mins, drain and refresh with cold water. Remove the skins. Puree tamarillos in a blender or food processor, add in the banana and process again. Add remaining ingredients and serve. For this recipe and other Tamarillo recipes check out the Tamarillo website
Here are a few Tamarillo nutritional facts:
- Low in fat and calories
- Low in Carbs, and the carbs that are present are mainly in the form of fibre
- High in Potassium and low in sodium
- Good source of Vitamin A, B6, C. They also contain Vitamin E and Thiamine