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The tamarillo looks much like an oval-shaped tomato, but it grows on a small tree and has a sharp, tangy, unique flavor. (N. Vietmeyer)

fruit juices as well as for processed products such as jams, chutneys, sauces, and flavorings for ice creams. For warm-temperate areas, an additional advantage is that tamarillos fetch premium prices because they ripen late in the growing season when few other fresh fruits are available.

All in all, this unusual fruit should not be unusual much longer. At present, through lack of horticultural and scientific attention, its true potential has scarcely been touched.


The Andes. The tamarillo, already well known in the Andes, is little promoted, and its potential is far greater than is recognized at present. The trees, by and large, receive little management, and by export standards, the fruits in Andean markets are far from premium quality. Selection and propagation of elite cultivars,2 better management of the plants, and better handling of the fruits would enhance this crop's prospects.

2 The red-fleshed strain is already being widely cultivated in Colombia because farmers receive premium prices for it. Information from L.E. Lopez J.

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