Tamarillo is a truly exotic fruit that has not only an interesting taste - sweet and sour, something between a tomato and a passion fruit, but also an interesting story. This fruit is popular, or rather a fruit plant of the nightshade family in distant New Zealand, although South America is considered to be its homeland. Tamarillo was popularly called and is called simply a tomato tree due to the fact that the fruits really resemble the tomatoes familiar to everyone, however, tamarillo received its official and commercial name on January 31, 1967 and was invented by one of the members of the New Zealand council V. Thompson.
This was done solely for advertising purposes: so that European entrepreneurs who arrived in New Zealand in search of exotic goods were interested not only in an unusual taste and appearance, but also in an unusual and memorable name - tama in Maori means "leadership", and rillo is an ending that is often found words in the most widespread Spanish language at that time. However, there is another version of the origin of the name. Many believe that the word comes from the Spanish amarillo - "yellow", due to the fact that the very first fruits of the tomato tree seen by Europeans had a yellow color.
An interesting fact is that tamarillo became popular during the Second World War, when supplies of citrus fruits, pineapples and bananas to New Zealand stopped, and growing on the spot required additional investment. At this moment, enterprising New Zealanders remembered the modest tomato tree, which was not only unpretentious to the conditions, but also gave a large number of valuable properties, the main of which were the high content of vitamins C, A, E, PP and B vitamins: B2, B6 and B9. Moreover, it contains iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus.
Despite all its sweetness, the calorie content of the fruit is rather low - only 50 kcal. Tamarillo perfectly restores the body's strength after illness and reduces headaches.