Fruits

Tamarillo’s Health Benefits

The tamarillo , which is popularly known as tree tomato, tomato French or Japanese tomato, is a tropical fruit native of the Andes.

TAMARILLO FRUIT

This fruit is very similar to the tomato, as the color can vary between red, yellow and orange.

Tamarillo is very popular in Peru and Ecuador. From the moment it spread around the world, it started to be cultivated in places like the United States, Indonesia, New Zealand and southern India.

BENEFITS OF TAMARILLO

Tamarillo is considered a fruit that has several health benefits, however, in order to maintain all its nutritional properties, it is suggested that it be consumed in its natural form. The skin must be removed or very well washed before being consumed.

This fruit is rich in fiber, phosphorus, proteins, iron, calcium, carbohydrates and vitamins A and C.

TAMARILLO PROPERTIES

The tamarillo:

  • It has a mild laxative effect due to the considerable amount of fibers;
  • Low calorie, therefore, contributes to the weight loss process;
  • It has antioxidant substances, which, in turn, help to reduce the harmful action of free radicals;
  • It has vitamins A, B6, C and E;
  • It has minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium;
  • Helps in strengthening the immune system;
  • Helps control cholesterol; and
  • Assists in the functioning of the nervous system.

HOW TO PLANT TAMARILLO

Before planting this tree, keep in mind that they are fast growing, however, they are small and do not reach more than five meters in height.

It is important to mention that they must be transferred to a definitive location only when they reach about one meter in height.

It is important to keep in mind that, before planting this tree, a hole about 40 to 50 cm deep should be made. When placing the plant, cover it watering the soil afterwards. One suggestion is to place dry leaves around the plant, as this would protect it and keep the soil moist.

RECIPES WITH TAMARILLO

Here’s how to prepare a recipe called Tamarillo Jelly.

You will need to book:

  • 2kg of tamarillos;
  • Lemon juice;
  • 900g of sugar.

Way of doing:

Book refractory with water and ice cubes.

Then heat a large pot with a significant amount of water. As soon as it starts to boil, add the tamarillos. Twenty seconds is enough time. Using a slotted spoon, remove the tamarillos and place them in cold water.

Repeat the process until everyone has gone through the boiling water. Take a knife and peel off the tamarillo skin. You can start however you like as long as the skin comes off completely. Discard the skin as only the fruits will be used.

Put water in a blender and then the fruits. The amount of water should be enough to mix and obtain a homogeneous mixture. With the help of a sieve, strain the mixture. Repeat the process of beating the fruits and straining until all the pulp is used.

Discard the seeds left in the sieve. If you want, you can reserve for planting. Put the liquid in a saucepan and cook on low heat for an hour or so. Stir often.

Add sugar and lemon juice. Stir well and cook until just like jam. It is worth noting that it will be firm when it is cold. When hot, place in glass jars until it is at room temperature.

HOW TO EAT TAMARILLO

Tamarillo can be consumed fresh. It can be split in half, cutting into pieces or with the help of teeth.

If you like, add salt or sugar to the tamarillo pulp. As the fruit has a sweet and sour taste, it can be included in fruit salads, jellies or jams.

Still in this perspective, tamarillo can be part of sauces for meat and dessert preparation.

TAMARILLO CULTIVATION

It is necessary to pay attention to the cultivation of tamarillo, whether they are:

  • Do your best to water frequently. This practice will ensure that the soil is always moist;
  • Do not soak the soil;
  • Pruning should eliminate dry and diseased branches. This practice will help with the growth of side branches;
  • Harvest time is between the months of November and March; and
  • Ideally, they should be harvested when they have a slightly soft uniform color.

PRICE OF TAMARILLO

The price can vary between R$ 20.00 and R$ 30.00.

TAMARILLO SEEDLINGS

If you want, it is possible to purchase tamarillo seedlings in specialized houses or online. Prices can vary between R$ 40.00 and R$ 60.00.

Furthermore, it is possible to purchase this tree in a nursery ready for planting or purchase seeds to do the planting. It is worth mentioning that this seedling tends to adapt very well to any type of climate, but it suffers a lot from frost.

They are rarely attacked by diseases, but the application of natural fungicides is recommended to prevent possible attacks. It is added that this plant can also be cultivated in pots and, in this way, it can be produced in large quantities.

TAMARILLO JUICE

Tamarillo juice can be made pure, mixed with orange or lemon.

See below the recipe for:

a) Pure tamarillo juice

Ingredients:

  • 300 ml of water; and
  • 2 chopped tamarillo .

Beat the tamarillos with water in a blender. Sweeten according to your preference (honey/sugar/sweetener). Strain and drink afterwards.

b) Tamarillo juice with lemon

Ingredients:

  • 2 lemon juice;
  • 1 chopped tamarillo ; and
  • 300ml of water.

Beat the tamarillo, water and juice of two lemons in a blender. Sweeten according to your preference (honey/sugar/sweetener). Strain and drink afterwards.

TOMATO TAMARILLO

This fruit is very similar to the tomato, as the color can vary between red, yellow and orange.

It is noteworthy that red tamarillo contains an antioxidant found in conventional tomatoes, lycopene. Also, for people who have liver problems, tamarillo works as a natural remedy.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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