Tamarillo 食果果:樹蕃茄

Tamarillos or tree tomatoes are small oval-shaped fruit with cranberry-hued, glossy smooth skin. The average fruit measures 6 to 8 cm lengthwise, and 4 to 6 cm in width. It originated in semitropical high altitude Andes forests of Brazil and Peru, and is widely grown in New Zealand as a commercial crop. Tamarillo belongs to the nightshades family amongst relatives such as tomato, eggplant, tomatillo, and chilii peppers. Cut the fruit across and it will look almost identical to that of plum tomatoes. The flesh is juicy, sweet-tart, flavourful, with small, round, but edible seeds. The umami taste in a tamarillo is a hybrid of tomato, passion fruit, and kiwi fruit . However, the thin skin is rich in tannin that imparts a bitter flavour. Tamarillo is usually eaten without the skin. Cut and scoop like you would with a kiwi fruit.

食用樹蕃茄的方法比較有趣,首先將樹蕃茄放在手心用力搓,然後切開一個小洞,就可以吃到充滿維他命的果汁,味道有點像熱情果混合奇異果,除了表皮外果肉都十分清新好吃,有些人會製成果汁飲品或果凍,這種生長於海拔高山的小果子源自南美,現在新西蘭正是最多產量的出口國之一啊。

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