A few years ago many of us can not even imagine what kind of fruit is - tamarillo, much less how to eat tamarillo. Currently,
day on supermarket shelves exotic fruits are sold in a wide range. Tamarillo is no exception.
Tamarillo - exotic fruit, which until 1967 was called the tree tomato. In fact, its name was only after the fruit as it decided to export to other countries. The word "tamarillo" consists of two parts: "Tama" and "Rill". In the language of the Maori tribe "tama" means "lead" and "Rill" - just the end, gives the word a particular Spanish flavor.
There is another version about the origin of the name under which fruit got its name thanks to the Spanish word "Amarillo", which means "yellow". It is believed that the first fruits of which Europeans saw were yellow. In any case, the fruit in many parts of the world is popular.
Externally similar to tamarillo tomato, which is why it has long called tree tomato
. The fetus reaches a length of 5-10 cm and a maximum width - 5 cm
. The fruit has a smooth surface and is shaped like an egg
. The plant itself looks more like a bush than a tree, and the height can reach 3-3, 5 meters
. The fruit tamarillo growing in clusters, with each cluster can be found up to 12 fruits
. Mature fruits have different colors - yellow, orange, red
. Sometimes fruit may be even dark lavender or purple, with longitudinal stripes dim darker shade
. Flesh color may also vary
. There are fruits with orange, cream and yellow, reddish flesh
. At the heart of tamarillo are seeds that are in the red fruit is usually black and brown or black, and in the fruit pulp of the seeds with a light yellowish
. The shape of the seeds tamarillo can be compared with tomato seeds, but slightly larger in size
By our standards rather tamarillo it is a vegetable, but at home, he falls into the category of fruit. The closest related tamarillo plants are tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and potatoes. The taste of sweet and sour tamarillo. Connoisseurs claim that the taste can be compared with a tomato and passion fruit.
How to choose a tamarillo?
Before buying such an exotic fruit, look for the following features:
- Tamarillo should have a uniform color, and stem must fit snugly to the fetus. No stains and defects should not be.
- Try lightly press your finger on the fruit. Ideally, the pulp has to bend slightly, but immediately to restore the form.
- Note producer. Most good quality and varieties grow in New Zelandii.Krome, this country has always been concerned about the quality of its products and consumer safety.
The composition and caloric content of tamarillo
As part of the tamarillo is present, vitamin A, PP, B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B9), E and C. Present minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron. The apparent advantage of this fruit is a complete lack of sodium and cholesterol. In addition, in order from tamarillo low calorie and 50 kcal per 100 g of product.
Useful properties of tamarillo
For a long time tamarillo is not particularly popular. That changed during the Second World War, when many countries were shortages of vegetables and fruits, and the people, therefore, lack the vitamins and other nutrients. Then in New Zealand began to massively grow the tomato tree, which, thanks to its rich composition, can replace a variety of useful products.
The main benefit is to remove tamarillo headache for systemic use. This fruit is also useful for recovery from illness.
How to eat tamarillo?
Tamarillo is widely used in cooking, mainly due to its taste, similar as in the vegetable and the fruit. Eat it fresh, but can also fry it with onions or boil and serve with meat. Slices of roast and make them sandwiches. Tamarillo is used as toppings for pizza,
lasagna, pies, stews and many other dishes. It is added to salads, cold dishes, marinades, soups, sauces, mayonnaise and puree. As a fruit it is used for preparation of various desserts. With him prepare ice cream, yogurt, mousse, jam, marmalade, juice.
How to eat fresh tamarillo? Quite simply, before enjoying its unusual taste, you must first clear the fruit peel. The rind is a rather unpleasant taste, so when cooking tamarillo it is better to remove, so as not to spoil the dish. To easily peel removed, fruit is immersed for a few minutes in boiling water, and then with a sharp knife remove the skin. There is another way to eat tamarillo. You can simply cut it into two pieces and using a dessert spoon scoop out the flesh.
It is also important to know that the taste of the fruit depends on the color of flesh. For example, salads, side dishes and vegetable stews are best suited to the fruit pulp purple and red. The taste they resemble tomato and slightly acidic. Orange and yellow tamarillo more sweet, so perfect for desserts, fruit salads, jams and juices.