Tamarillo Chutney


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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.

Tamarillo Chutney

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

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.