Tamarillo is also called Tomates de Arbol or Tree Tomatoes. It can be yellow to orange to red in color and is sort of shaped like an American football with a stem at one end. It tastes more tart than ordinary tomatoes and the skin can be bitter, so is usually removed before eating. It can be eaten as is, like a fruit, chopped and cooked, or pureed and made into a drink.
Whenever I go to the Latin market near my home, I like to look at the frozen South American products and buy something I am unfamiliar with and try it. That is how I wound up with frozen tamarillos. My husband is from South America, but he has no idea what they are. This recipe comes from New Zealand.
- 4 tamarillos, peeled and sliced
- 1 apple, peeled cored and diced small
- 1 onion, diced small
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup vinegar
Place all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer, covered, for one hour. You can add a little water if the mixture gets too dry to prevent burning.Serves 4.