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Tamarillo Health Benefits

Tamarillo or tree tomato is a small oval-shaped fruit. It is closely related to other Solanaceae family vegetables and fruits such as tomato, eggplant, tomatillo, ground cherry, and chili peppers. Tree tomatoes are thought to originate in the semitropical high altitude Andes forests of Brazil and Peru.

 

Tamarillo fruit features oval shape with smooth shiny skin and can be of different colours depending up on the cultivar type. Red tamarillos are more common than orange-yellow varieties.

 

Fully grown fruit feature an egg shape, measuring about 6-8 cm in length and 4-6 cm wide and weighs about 100 g. inside, cut section appears similar to that of in plum-tomatoes.

 

Yellow and gold variety tamarillo contains more vitamin A and carotenes than red varieties. However, red variety has more anthocyanin pigments. In addition, yellow tamarillos are a good source of carotenes, and xanthins.

 

These compounds are known to possess antioxidant properties and, together with vitamin A, are essential for visual health. Further, vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin.

 

The consumption of tamarillos is recommended to control high blood pressure and to lower cholesterol. It is also used in diets for losing weight.

 

The tree tomato is an excellent source of antioxidants because it contains a type of flavonoid known as anthocyanins as mentioned before.

 

Furthermore, and more importantly it contains the carotenoids lycopene and beta carotene.Lycopene’s principle health benefit is to neutralize or inhibit oxygen derived free radicals.

 

Free radicals are the cause of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

 

Tamarillo can replace tomato in almost any recipe. Use peeled tamarillo’s for tomato sauce, salsa’s, curries; baked or grilled like vegetables.

 

They are high in pectin, so are ideal for making jam and can also be pickled or used to make chutneys- the red ones are generally best for this.

 

Lycopene is associated with prostate health, so the red, tarter tamarillos are good to help prevent prostate problems.

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