Tamarillo is a fruit similar to tomato. In fact, it is also called “tree tomato” because it grows in shrubs and not in seedlings. Imported from Latin America in the 1800s, Tamarillo is used in recipes similar to those that require tomatoes, such as salads, jams for aperitifs and sauces. Under the thin red skin (very bitter and not recommended to eat), it contains a pulp ranging from orange to black with an acid taste.
Like the tomato, the Tamarillo variety is native to South America, but it is also grown in South Africa and New Zealand. There are also sporadic growers in the Mediterranean region.