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Anyone have a recipe for tamarillo/tomato tree fruit?

Postby Axel » Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:37 pm

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I am getting inundated with tamarillos, but I don't really like them raw. Is there anything that can be baked or cooked with these things?
Tropical gardening in both Kaua'i windward Sunset H2/USDA 12b and Fallbrook Sunset 23/USDA 10b.

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Postby Jason (palo alto) » Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:11 pm

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Don't know but since they are so popular and touted in New Zealand try their official site:
http://www.tamarillo.com/

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Postby cyclonenat » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:06 pm

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Hi here in New Zealand we peel them and put sugar with them yummy and leave them in the fridge overnight yummy on cereal etc

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Postby ellen in berkeley » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:43 pm

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what are they doing ripening now? mine are ready in december. they make great christmas ornaments.
i tried using them as a fish sauce base, but my daughter complained, wondering why i was cooking fish with jam.
which makes me think they might make good jam. a friend makes tomato/damson jam that she thinks in wonderful. i bet these tart cherry plums might balance the tree tomatoes really well in a sauce or a dessert.

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Postby Rafael » Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:06 pm

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Axel wrote:I am getting inundated with tamarillos, but I don't really like them raw. Is there anything that can be baked or cooked with these things?


One time I cut some in half, sprinkled the cut side with brown sugar, and roasted briefly in a hot oven. They're delicious that way on their own, but also probably with oatmeal or ice cream.

The peculiar tomato-y undertones they have tells me that they would be great as part of a salsa. Especially the yellow variety, which have sweeter fruits. I would try to chop or blend some into a tomato-based salsa.

I wish I had a glut too. Our tamarillo died a few years ago, but I'm growing a new plant from seed (yellow variety), so hopefully it will fruit soon. The market price is ridiculous!

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Postby shawnb » Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:27 am

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I love to use them in chutney.

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Postby cchan » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:52 am

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Salsa is very good with them. Just replace the tomato with Tamarillos. It gives it a sun dried tomato taste.

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Postby Paul-SF » Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:59 pm

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Like you, I am inundated with tamarillos and also disappointed in their flavor as raw fruits. From my cooking experiments, I will echo the suggestions of the other respondents of this thread: chutney and salsa.

The traditional tamarillo chutney recipe off www.tamarillo.com yields a complex flavored chutney that I found myself eating straight by the spoonful. I must warn you though, the recipe calls for 4 cups of vinegar that when heated with the onions, garlic and ginger creates a quite an odoriferous cloud of acetic acid. My wife accused me of trying to poison her and ordered me and my pot of half-cooked chutney from the house. I ended up boiling down the chutney to the right consistency on one of my camping stoves in the backyard.

As for salsa, the grilled tamarillo salsa that I brought to the Golden Gate Chapter's scion exchange was a hit. I simply grilled tamarillos, tomatoes, onions, garlic, red bell peppers and jalapenos. After skinning the tamarillos, tomatoes, bell peppers and jalapenos,and peeling the onions and garlic, they were pureed in a blender with a little salt and black pepper. The salsa was about 75% tamarillo. It had a dark rich red color, good body and a unique, but not overpowering taste. Obviously, you can adjust the ratio of tamarillo to other ingredients to suit your taste.

Grilling tamarillos was a bit messy as the usually pop open and spill part of their contents. Accordingly, next time I will try removing the tamarillo skins by soaking them in boiling water and then briefly cooking them in a sauce pan before blending them with the other ingredients.

Paul

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Postby Keira » Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:12 am

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In Nepal, they use them in chutneys

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Postby Rafael » Fri May 06, 2016 2:00 pm

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Try this recipe for tamarillo salsa. It's from an incredible book (actually bible) called La Gran Cocina Latina by Maricel Presilla. Can't recommend it highly enough; one could spend a lifetime picking through the recipes and growing the latin american ingredients.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/201 ... ina-latina

Bottom of page. It notes that Ecuador uses the yellow tamarillos for salsas while the red one is from Colombia where the preserve it for desserts.

R.


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