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The healing power of tamarillo or tree tomato

  1. Tamarillo belongs to the nightshade family and is therefore related to the potato and tomato. It grows on an evergreen shrub that can reach a height of up to 7.5 meters. The fruit is a large red, yellow or violet egg-shaped berry that can weigh up to 100 grams. The pulp is yellow-orange and the seeds are dark colored. You can prepare tamarillo in the same way as tomato. The skin of tamarillo is somewhat bitter. You can take these off just like peeling a tomato; by putting it in boiling water for a minute. The tamarillo originates from the Andes Mountains. It is sometimes available in the Netherlands. The fruits then come from Portugal or Spain.

Nightshade or no

  1. In 1799, the tree tomato was classified as a nightshade plant by the Spaniard Cavenilles. He gave the plant the Latin name solanum. Sendtner reversed this classification by placing him in the cyphomandra family. In 1995, however, it had to be recognized that the tree tomato still belongs to the nightshade plants. The inflorescence is also very similar to that of potato or tomato


  1. Tamarillo is also called Tomato de arbol in Spanish. Tamarillo seems like a Spanish name but it was created in New Zealand in 1967 for commercial reasons. Amarillo means 'yellow'. Tamarillo is a combination of tomato and amarillo. The Latin name for this fruit is Cyphomandra betacea. A Latin synonym is Solanum betaceum

Nutritional value of tree tomatoes

  1. Flower tree tomato / Source: Kurt Stüber [!1], Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0) Vitamin C is relatively high in this fruit, although the percentages differ from fruit to fruit. Some fruits contain approximately one fruit per 100 grams, 25% of the Recommended Daily Allowance or RDA, which can be as high as 75%. Vitamin A is in it with about 20% of the RDI, vitamin B6 with 15% and vitamin E with 14%. The RDA percentage for iron is between 20% RDA and 65% RDA. There are few calories in a tree tomato, only 40 per fruit. Manganese, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Copper

Good for heart rate and blood pressure

  1. 100 grams of tree tomatoes contain 7% of the RDI for the mineral potassium. This mineral regulates heart rhythm and blood pressure. The negative effects of table salt are counteracted by potassium. Incidentally, it is good to note in this context that Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt

Tree tomato

  1. The tree tomato has not yet been extensively studied for the presence of polyphenols and flavonoids. All we know is that it contains anthocyanins and quercetin. Antocyanins are mainly responsible for the red color and, like quercetin, vitamins A, C and E, they are strong antioxidants

Leaves of tree tomato bush in malaria

  1. In 2014, a pioneering study was conducted into the antimalarial effect of the leaves of the tree tomato bush. A research team from Panama examined the leaves of the tree tomato for their effect on malaria. First of all, an essential oil was obtained from the leaves. It turned out that this oil works very well to fight malaria parasites. Monoterpenes and Tree Tomato Tree in particular are thought to be / Source: Kurt Stueber, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

Eating tips tree tomato

  1. In most countries, tree tomatoes are eaten in combination with sugar. A juice or puree can be made from the fruit. In Ecuador, the tree tomato is mixed with chili pepper to make a sauce. In Nepal, the yellow tree tomato is used to make a curry. In New Zealand, the pulp of the tree tomato is put on bread in the morning. A compote can be made from tree tomato. Tree tomato can be added to a stew. Tree tomato is juicy and therefore ideal for a smoothie.

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