Tamarillos' are a delicious addition to your meals. They are slightly bitter and depending on whether you add honey and other fruits or salts and vegetables they pretty well fit into so many sweet and savoury dishes
Solanum betaceum are a " tree tomatoe" and grow really well in most climates. They were originally a native in the northern Andes in South America and in the 1890's become a popular fruit in New Zealand. Today they are grown everywhere and the good news is they grow from a cutting. So if your friends have some in their garden its a short leap to your garden!
Today I want to share with you a recipe for roasted Tamarillos. I cook with them seasonally and right now they are in my garden at the herbal dispensary! So, I'm guessing they are ripe in your garden too!
They are really healthy. Did you know that they contain Vitamin C? yes well thats obvious by their colour. They were originally a yellow fruit and you can still get the original versions. They taste exactly the same. The red tamarillo is the hybrodised version and was developed by our Kiwi neighbours across the ditch in the 1920's to make them more visually appealing to the market. Thats when they started calling them tree tomatoes.
They are also high in antioxodants and help reduce oxidative stress and assist liver function. They also contain chlorogenic acid that helps the uptake of insulin back into the blood stream and is now being researched for diabetes type 2 relief! This is all good news on the food as medicine front.
Heres a recipe I made yesterday and really wanted to share it with you in my blog
1. Take as many tamarillos as you like, cut them in half and place on a baking dish with the inside facing the top and sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt.
2. Bake in a moderate oven about 175 degrees C for 30 minutes.
3. Take out of the oven and sprinkle with a little honey or maple syrup while they are hot.
4. Now eat! or cool down and pop in fridge for later. They are so good. Enjoy.
We mix them in savoury and sweet dishes, add to platters and snacks. Salads, or have as a desert with some coconut icecream or yoghurt! Yumm.
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