Also known as a tree tomato, the tamarillo is shaped like a large plum. The skin varies in colour from an orange to bright red, encasing a multitude of edible seeds which are superb in both sweet and savoury dishes. The fruit has quite a sharp taste.

Tamarillos are native to South America, probably Peru or Brazil.

TAMARILLO are classed as a fruit.


Tamarillo may be eaten by itself or in salads, can be baked or used in chutneys and sauces to serve as an accompaniment to meat and poultry dishes.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 20 kcal, 80 kJ; protein 2.2g; carbohydrate 10.3g; fat 0.9g.


Remove stalk and peel if required.


Store in a refrigerator.


Look for tamarillos that are firm, unblemished and heavy for their size. Tamarillos are generally sold with their stems attached. A ripe tamarillo should yield to gentle pressure and emit a fragrant aroma.

Fun Fact

Tamarillos are a member of the tomato and potato family.


Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.