The fruits of Solanum betaceum, also known as Tamarillo, can be red, yellow, or orange depending on the variety. They are egg-shaped, similar to a tomato, and have smooth skin.
Height and Crown Width
A mature tree can reach a height of up to 5 meters, with a comparable crown width.
The root system is well-developed and typically spreads out flat.
Tamarillo trees are native to the Andes in South America.
Cultivation and Care
They prefer subtropical climates, requiring plenty of sunlight and well-draining soil. Regular irrigation is crucial, especially during dry periods.
The first harvest of fruits usually occurs around 6 to 12 months after planting, depending on local climatic conditions and the plant's condition.
The fruits can be eaten raw and have a slightly acidic taste. They are often processed into juice, jams, and other culinary preparations.
Tamarillo fruits are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. They can strengthen the immune function and support overall health.
These trees are mostly self-pollinating, meaning they usually do not require external pollination to produce fruits.