Tree Tomato ??

Henderson, NV(Zone 8b)

Anyone have experience with these??? Just curious at this time if worth investigating.....

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

I have heard of these things but never took it seriously. Is there such a thing as tree tomatoes?

Rutland , MA(Zone 5b)

i've seen the advertisements but don't believe it for a moment.

Salem, NY(Zone 4b)

THe so called tree tomato that is seen adver tised in Sunday Supplements and called tree tomato is really Cyphomandra betaceae, a tender shrub that grows to about 12-14 ft, fruit appear after the second year and the fruits are very acidic and astringent and really not all that edible although in certain parts of the world certain cultivars are grown. Also called Tamarillo.

It was called Tomato Tree during Victorian times when there was a bit of tomatomania going on b/c the red fruits do look like roma tomatoes.

There is also a real tomato variety called Giant Tree, which isn't and also one called Climbing Trip-L Crop which some folks call a tree tomato but isn't.


Henderson, NV(Zone 8b)

Thanks Carolyn, I actually tried eating the Tamarillo because they looked so good. But I didn't like the flavor at all. Guess I will stick with plain old tomatoes. By the way, I bought a copy of your book I found on Ebay. If I mailed it to you, would you autograph it for me. Thanks, Faronell

Jerome, MI(Zone 5b)

Hi everyone. Tree tomato? I got seeds for this from Africa. planted them in the spring, under they are..They are large..Shinny leaves. Two in this pot. I might bring them in in the fall..She said..they were small type. She makes things with them. I emailed her..but no answer yet...kind of neat..I think. Take a look...

smiles Diana

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Burlingame, CA(Zone 9a)

Ooooo, I love tree tomatoes (tamarillo's)!!! They are my most favourite fruit ever but generally unavailable here or outlandishly expensive. Back in NZ where they are grwon in huge numbers I would eat them straight from the skin, in a crumble, stewed with icecream, in apple pie, as a chutney or relish...... you get the picture. The taste takes a bit of getting used to - they are quite tart. As kids we used to sprinkle sugar on the cut halves and scoop out with a spoon. MMmmmmmm.....

(note to self - get some seeds and plant a tree!)

Jerome, MI(Zone 5b)

Great..Wgnkiwi....Do you remember how big the tree gets? And when to find the tamarillo's, I am sure they are not hardy here..for zone 5..hehehe..but they sure get attention. thanks for looking and telling me..about them...

Smiles..Diana---ps..maybe I have some extra seeds..I will look...

Salem, NY(Zone 4b)

Do you remember how big the tree gets? And when to find the tamarillo's, I am sure they are not hardy here..for


Please see my post above on June 16th, 2006/

They are tender shrubs, not trees, and no they aren't hardy in your zone.

And yes, they are an acquired taste, I think that's safe to say, and one that I didn't acquire when two folks sent me some fruits. LOL


Burlingame, CA(Zone 9a)

They appear in NZ stores in mid-winter so would be available here right about now. By expensive I mean that I have seen them selling for as much as $2 each!!! I've seen them in the high end supermarkets as well as at Safeway/Pavillions but only in small quantities. If you ever see one I encourage you to grab it and try it. A word of warning though - they are tart, the juice stains and don't eat the skin. LOL ... and I would love some seeds because I'm sure they would grow nicely here.

Carolyn - there is a yellow variety that is a lot milder and less acidic that could be more to your liking :-)

Here's a picture of what they look like but I would normally eat them when they are a lot redder - like a deep red wine colour.

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Jerome, MI(Zone 5b)

Well Carolyn---I did read that this is the first year to give it a try.. I was surprised it was so easy to grow from seed. Always looking for something if it does not work old lady I guess..but thanks for the reply...and maybe I have some extra seeds..for will see..brings back memories...important for

thanks for replying...all..smiles..happy night


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