RIDE ANDES - Tomate de Arbol

Tomate de árbol (Solanum betaceum)

The tomate de árbol (tree tomato), is an egg shaped fruit varying in flavor from sweet to tart and is native to the Andes. Although they require a subtropical climate, the tomate de árbol is adaptable, easy to grow and is highly pest resistant (in comparison to real tomatoes). As such, they have been cultivated all over the world including South Africa, India, Hong Kong, China, United States, Australia, and New Zealand. In 1967, the New Zealand Tree Tomato Promotions Council decided to change the name tree tomato to tamarillo to increase exotic appeal. The choice of the name is explained as baring similarity to “tomato,” the Spanish word "amarillo" (meaning yellow) and the Maori word "tama" (leadership). However, it is still called the tree tomato in the majority of the world.

 

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