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The tree tomato - or tomato tree, or Tamarillo as it is also known - is not a tomato at all, but its red egg-shaped fruits are reminiscent of tomatoes that we know and love. Tamarilloes are generally used in sweet dishes - although they can just as easily be used in savoury dishes too.
The perennial plants grow at a staggering rate and will fruit each autumn, through to winter, picking up where the tomato growing season ends. More...
Despite their common name, tree 'tomatoes' are not actually tomatoes at all! Perhaps the red egg-shaped fruits of this perennial plant are responsible for the misleading name often given to Solanum betaceum - also known as a Tamarillo.
Tamarilloes are native to the southern hemisphere, particularly New Zealand where they are enjoyed more in sweet dishes than savoury. The tamarillo is perfect for use in jams, jellies, chutneys, stews, puddings or just simply eaten raw. As a member of the Solanum family, the tamarillo plant will produce pretty clusters of flowers similar to those on the potato plant, which will eventually self pollinate and fruit.
Tamarillo plants will grow into woody 'tomato trees' at quite a staggering rate, with the perennial plants producing a good crop of fruits from Autumn and well into Winter - picking up where the 'true' tomato season ends. If you're keen to grow your own tamarilloes, bear in mind that the vigorous growth of these plants mean that if not kept in check, the trees can reach up to 12 feet tall, with a spread of 8 feet wide! However, the good news is that they can be easily kept pruned down to a much more manageable height of around 6 feet.
Not a tomato at all! Grows into a substantial tree that bares plum shaped fruits which are deep red in colour. More of a 'sweet' than a 'savoury'. Perennial in habit.
Supplied as a packet of approximately 10 seeds.
A perennial tomato with ruby red egg shaped fruits that are produced late Autumn and Winter. Requires frost protection. Can be eaten raw, stewed or made in to jams and jellies.
Available from approximately mid April 2015
Supplied as pot grown plants approximately 8" (20 cm) tall.