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Scientific Name: Cyphomandra betacea sendt
Alternative Names: Tamarillo

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Cyphomandra betacea sendt
Cyphomandra betacea sendt
Cyphomandra betacea sendt


  • Perennial
  • Fast-growing, shallow rooted brittle tree, evergreen, heart shaped leaves, egg shaped orange fruit.
  • Need well-drained soil.
  • Protect against strong winds.
  • Frost tender.
  • Drought tolerant.
  • Prune annually.
  • Bears Fruit from 1½ to 2 years.
  • Does not ripen simultaneously.

Culinary Uses

  • Flavor of a mild or under-ripe tomato.
  • Sprinkle with sugar/ season and grill.
  • Add to soups/ stews/ salad/ serve with vanilla ice cream/ with cream cheese as sandwich spread/
  • salt and pepper as sandwich filling/ with onions as stuffing for roast/ with apple in pies/
  • with milk, sugar and gelatin for tarts/can be frozen/ made into chutney and jelly/
  • sauce for ice cream.

Parts Used

  • Fruit- when picked, leave 12,5 cm of stem attached.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Contains phosphorus, calcium, potassium, nitrogen, iron,
  • beta-carotene, vitamin A, B6, C, E and carbohydrate.
  • Improve immune system and circulatory.
  • Treat obesity - low in calories.
  • Relieves stress - help to cure migraine and severe headaches.
  • Use for colds, sore throat, high blood pressure, liver disease.
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