Solanum betaceum

The fruit with the highest content of umami!

Also known as “tree tomato,” this bright red fruit is distinctively sweet and tart full of umami! The tamarillo skin is not edible, but its pulp is delicious in juices, salads, sauces and chutneys.

Nutrition Facts
1 servings per container
Serving size 100g

Amount per serving
Calories 50
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 7g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 2g

Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 5mg 28%
Phosphorus 4%
Potassium 7%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Retrieved from http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ January 2015

How to eat

How to store

  • 3 - 4ºc
  • Wash before eating

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Research areas

Research into the health benefits of this fruit is currently being carried out in the following areas:

  • Heart health

  • Cancer prevention and treatment

  • Nutrition research

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Tamarillo is...


One serving (100 grams) of tamarillo provides 20% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A and 48% of the vitamin C intake. Vitamin A stimulates the production of white blood cells, helps bone turnover, and regulates cell growth. Meanwhile, vitamin C is essential for skin, bones, and connective tissue, plus it increases iron absorption.


One serving (100 grams) of tamarillo provides 7% of the recommended daily intake of potassium. This mineral helps nerves and muscles communicate, it allows nutrients to flow into cells, and it helps remove waste from cells. A diet rich in potassium helps counteract some of the harmful effects of sodium in blood pressure.


Half a cup of tamarillo provides 5% of the recommended daily intake of iron. The body needs this mineral to produce proteins, hemoglobin, and myoglobin. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells, while myoglobin is present in muscles. These two proteins help carry and store oxygen in the body. Iron is also essential for growth, development, cellular functioning, and synthesis of some hormones.

Interesting info

Tamarillo is also known in Spanish as tomate de árbol, sachatomate, chilto and tomate andino. In New Zealand it is called tamarillo to differentiate it from the regular tomato. Originally from Central and South America, in Colombia it can be found in the regions of Antioquia, Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Huila, and Valle del Cauca. Some claim that tamarillo helps control high blood pressure, cholesterol, improves your memory, can be used to treat migraines, and is often used in weight loss diets. Because of its high antioxidant content it boosts the immune system and improves eyesight.

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