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Tree Tomato !!

Tamarillo also known as the Tree tomato is an exotic edible fruit that is native to the tropical parts of South America. The word tamarillo is believed to come from several languages "tomato", the Spanish word "amarillo", meaning yellow, and a variation on the Maori word "tama", meaning "leadership". It is an egg shaped fruit that is pointed at both ends and may be red, purple, amber, or golden yellow in color. The flesh is tangy and tart, but flavorful.       
Tamarillos contain lots of potassium as well as 40mg of vitamin C per 100 grams, which makes them excellent source of Vitamin C.

Tamarillos can be eaten raw or used as the fresh fruit in all basic fruit recipes from cheesecakes to apple crumble, from ice cream and sherbets to fruit sauces, chutneys, jams, jellies, and pickles. Sliced on pizzas, toast and in sandwiches or added to casseroles and even lightly fried as a steak accompaniment.


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Tamarillo Chutney
30-50 tamarillos, cleaned and trimmed,
1kg brown sugar,
1 cup malt vinegar,
4 cloves garlic,
4 Granny Smiths,
3 brown onions,
cayenne pepper,
salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Soak tams in a boiling water, then peel (when the water is quite safe for your hands). Put them in the food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a large saucepan. Chopped the brown onions and apples in large chunks and process them in the food processor until smooth. Pour into the saucepan. Mix all the rest of ingredients, stir well and cook in a medium heat until bubbly and thicken. Correct the seasoning. Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal.  
Makes 11-13 various jars.

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