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Tamarillo (Cyphomandra Betacea)

A firm red or yellow, egg-shaped, fruit - related to tomato and physalis. Each fruit is about 5cm/2 in long and also goes under the name of 'tree tomato'. It's a native to Southern Brazil, but is now grown commercially in New Zealand and Australia.

The fruit resembles a tomato in many ways, having the same two-celled structure, and has a flavour reminiscent of both the tomato and Cape gooseberry (physalis).

As well as being eaten fresh, tamarillo's make good jams and chutneys.

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