The Tamarillo Tree Tomato – botanical name, “CYPHOMANDRA BETACEA” – bears oval fruit with shiny red skin and sometimes longitudal black stripes are also present. The flesh is firm with black seeds with a tart to mildly sweet taste and savoury understone.
The fruit ripens from late summer and autumn and starts fruiting after about 2 years. It’s a fast growing small tree with a growth habit of about 3m tall and 3m wide – has a single upright growing stem which starts to branch out later. The leaves are large, hairy and soft with a strong smell.
|Full sun/semi shade|
|Keep moist but be careful of overwatering|
|Plant in rich but very well drained soil|
|Feed monthly with pelletized chicken manure from September to February|