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kenLove 65868 246 tree tomato/tamarillo either
tree tomato/tamarillo
hi Flavio,
here's the fruit pictures. I harvested some today too. Its
really great in salads or sauce or instead of tomatos.
its also good just to eat off the tree.
take care
Re: tree tomato/tamarillo
Great shot.:-)

Re: tree tomato/tamarillo
Thanks Flavio,
Here is part of Julia Morton's info on it.
Although its place of origin is not certain, the tree tomato
is generally believed to be native to the Andes of Peru and
probably also Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia where it is
extensively grown, as it is also in Argentina, Brazil and
Colombia. It is cultivated and naturalized in Venezuela and
grown in the highlands of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica,
Puerto Rico and Haiti.

It must have been carried at an early date to East Africa,
Asia and the East Indies, as it is well established in the
Nilgiri heights and the hills of Assam in southern India,
and in the mountains of Malaya, and was popular in Ceylon
and the Dutch East Indies before 1903. It has been grown in
Queensland, Australia, in home gardens, for many years and
is a practical crop in the highlands of the Australian part
of New Guinea.

D. Hay & Sons, nurserymen, introduced the tree tomato into
New Zealand in 1891 and commercial growing on a small scale
began about 1920. Shortages of tropical fruits in World War
II justified an increased level of production. A promotional
campaign was launched in 1961; window banners and 100,000
recipe leaflets were distributed. This small industry
prospered until 1967 when annual production reached a peak
of 2,000 tons. There was a heavy loss of trees at Kerikeri
in 1968. Replanting took place there and at the Bay of
Plenty and cultivation of this crop continues to expand. In
1970, there were 209,110 trees on 476 acres (130 ha) in New
Zealand. Shipment of the fresh fruits to Australia has not
been very successful and the surplus crop is being delivered
to processors for the making of preserves.

The United States Department of Agriculture received seeds
from Argentina in 1913; from Sumatra and Ceylon in 1926. The
plant was fruiting at the United States Department of
Agriculture's Plant Introduction Station at Chico,
California, in 1915. It is still grown casually in
California and occasionally in Florida. It is frequently
advertised and sold throughout the United States for growing
indoors in pots as a curiosity. It fruits satisfactorily in
northern greenhouses.

Maybe you can find some to grow, it really is a good tasting
take care
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