Posted by: godshealingplants | February 24, 2018

TAMARILLO BENEFITS

HISTORY

The tamarillo is native to the Andes of Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Chile, and Bolivia. Today it is still cultivated in gardens and small orchards for local production.

ABOUT

Tamarillo it is a sweet fruit that grows in tropical climate countries. The fruit has two colors; red and yellow. The egg-shaped tamarillo has and orange colored interior and the fruit’s flesh is juicy, deep in color and filled with small, flat and circular edible seeds that are slightly larger than tomato seeds.

The plant contains distinctive colored flowers with pleasant fragrance. You can find plenty of fresh tamarillo during May to October widely in Chile, Peru, India, and South America.

 

Tamarillo grows from a shrub or a small-sized tree with hairy stems and branches that reaches 5 to 15 feet tall. The tamarillo tree has broader evergreen leaves compared to that of a tomato plant. 

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Tamarillo is a storehouse of various minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients (like dietary fiber) that can deliver outstanding health benefits. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and phytonutrients.

 

The phytonutrients in tamarillo are mainly Phenolics, Anthocyanins, Carotenoids and Flavonoids. Together they make tamarillo high in antioxidant activity. The color of the fruit differs according to phytochemicals present. Red variety offer more anthocyanins while yellow variety is rich in carotenoid. Apart from these, tamarillo contains citric acid and malic acid which enhance its acidic tangy flavor. 

HEALTH BENEFITS 

  • Beneficial for the Skin 
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Good for diabetes
  • Good for Eyes
  • Helps in Weight Loss
  • Helps in Treating Colds, Sore Throat and Other Respiratory Disorders.
  • Increases the Metabolism
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Maintains Healthy Skin
  • Prevents Alzheimer and Parkinson Disease
  • Prevents Anemia
  • Prevents Atherosclerosis
  • Prevents Cancer
  • Prevents Diabetes
  • Prevents Heart Disease, Reducing Cholesterol
  • Prevents Infections
  • Promotes digestion
  • Reduces Risk of Kidney Stones
  • Relieves Constipation
  • Treats Tonsillitis

 HOW TO SELECT AND STORE

Ripe tamarillos are soft and red-brown; while unripe ones are orange-yellow.

 

When buying tamarillos, look for well-developed, bright, uniform-colored, ripe fruits. Avoid purchasing with soft and watery texture. Check if the fruit is attached to a healthy stalk, and avoid fruits that are small, shriveled, damaged and bruised. At home, ripe tamarillos can stay fresh for roughly five to seven days, and can be stored inside the refrigerator for up to 10 days. 

HOW TO ENJOY

Before eating or using tamarillos, wash the fruits in cold water, dry using a soft cloth and remove the stalk. A tamarillo is typically eaten by cutting it in half and using a teaspoon to scoop out the sweet and juicy flesh. The skin can be peeled like those of tomatoes. You can also boil the tamarillos first in hot water for two to three minutes, and cool them by immediately immersing the fruits in cold water. Using a knife, make a small nick on the tamarillo’s surface and peel the fruit using your fingers.

 

The tamarillo can be used like a tomato. You can it eat raw, put it in salad, make smoothies or juice, fruit jam, jellies, sauces, pizza topping and any dish that usually include tomatoes, it can also be cooked, grilled, baked, or boiled.

Here are some ideas for using lavender in cooking:

 You can eat them poached

They make a delicious salsa

Tamarillo juice is delicious and very sweet

It makes a delicious jam or jelly

And mixing tamarillo with apples makes a delicious crumb cake

NOTE: Tamarillo juice can stain clothes and care should be taken while peeling or eating.

 

SOURCES:

http://Mercola.com

http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Solanum+betaceum

https://drhealthbenefits.com/food-bevarages/fruits/health-benefits-of-tamarillo-fruits

https://gms.ctahr.hawaii.edu/gs/handler/getmedia.ashx?moid=3122&dt=3&g=12

http://www.valuefood.info/1892/health-benefits-of-tamarillo/

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