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Tamarillo (Tomato Tree) with Recipe for Making Tamarillo Jam and More..

Updated on April 16, 2015
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Yellow tamarillos
Yellow tamarillos | Source
Red tamarillos
Red tamarillos | Source

The Tamarillo Fruit

The tamarillo originated from South America. Even though tamarillos are becoming more popular in the local supermarkets here when they are in season, these exotic fruits are still unknown to most people who are not so keen to try them. Well, nobody can blame these people, at the cost of around two dollars per fruit, most people would rather have two kilos of pre-packed oranges for two dollars.

The tamarillo is also known as tree tomato probably because it resembles a red egg-shaped tomato. It also has a yellow or orange variety which tastes much sweeter than the red.

Tamarillos can be propagated by cuttings and seeds. Once propagated, you are in luck because you will be able to harvest the first fruits in just 18 months. Not only that, you will get buckets of fruits that will probably take you around three months to consume. The only problem is where to store all these fruits when you do not have a huge refrigerator.

The easiest thing to do is to cook the tamarillos into jam. If your family loves strawberry jam on their toasts every morning, they will love tamarillo jam because this fruit has so much flavour and moreover, homemade jam always tastes so good.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
  • Yields: Several jars of tamarillo jam

Tamarillo Jam Recipe

Here is the recipe for making delicious tamarillo jam.

Ingredients required:

  • 2½ kg tamarillos
  • 2 kg sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Clean sterilised bottles


  1. Scoop out the flesh of the tamarillos with a spoon. Discard the skin as it is bitter and not edible. Chop the tamarillos finely.
  2. Place the tamarillos in a pot with the lemon juice and water.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer until the fruit is soft.
  4. Lower the heat and add in sugar and stir until the sugar dissolve. Next, add in the butter and stir until the butter melts. Increase the heat and continue to cook the jam until it boils.
  5. Lower the heat a little and continue cooking. Keep stirring to prevent the jam from sticking to the bottom of the pot. The cooking should take more than 30 minutes.
  6. The mixture should start to thicken. Check the consistency of the jam and stop cooking when you are happy with the thickness.
  7. Pour the jam into the clean bottles and seal. Store in a dark, cool place.

Please rate this recipe

3.3 stars from 9 ratings of Tamarillo Jam Recipe

Tamarillo Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 100g
Calories 31
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 4 g1%
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from South Louisiana

      I've been curious about tamarillos. Now I have a reason to try to grow them. Interesting and useful hub.