The tree tomato fruit is also known as tamarillo fruit. It is oval in shape and has an outer covering that is not edible but the fruit inside is delicious. It is a sub-tropical plant that grows best in warm, moist environment and comes in three varieties – red, amber and gold.
Tree tomato is a healthy fruit to add to your diet. It is fat and cholesterol free and a good source of fibre. It is a rich source of vitamins A and C and an excellent source of calcium, iron and potassium. Tree tomato also contains phosphorus and magnesium.
As well as eating the tree tomato like any other fruit after peeling, it is a versatile and can be used in many different ways. It can be added to vegetable dishes to enhance their taste or used to decorate cakes and pizza. Adding slices of tree tomato and cheese to slices of whole meal bread makes a delicious healthy sandwich.
The fruit can also be used in salads, as well as made into preserves, jams, jellies, sauces and marmalades. The fruit can also be turned into a dessert by adding a little sugar and honey and leaving to soak for a few hours before serving. Tree tomato juice is always refreshing at any time of day. So next time you go shopping, don’t ignore that little oval fruit.
Pick it and enjoy its many health benefits.