9 Amazing Health Benefits Of Tamarillo 

Enjoy the health-boosting properties of tamarillo and watch your body flourish in no time.

Reviewed by Mayuri Aavula, MSc (Nutrition)
By Tanya Choudhary, ISSA Certified Specialist In Fitness & Nutrition

Tamarillo’s benefits are many and have caught the attention of people around the globe for its sweet yet tangy taste. Commonly known as tree tomatoes, tamarillo is a sweet fruit used to make chutneys, compotes and is a great addition to your salad. A powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, tamarillo may aid in weight loss and may give you healthy and glowing skin. In this article, we explore the different benefits of tamarillo and some simple ways to incorporate them into your diet.

What Is Tamarillo?

Tamarillo is native to South America. Tamarillo, also known as “Tree Tomato”, is now cultivated in many parts of the world. One of the largest producers of tamarillo is New Zealand. The name was revised to differentiate it from the ordinary tomatoes, thus emphasizing on its exotic variety.

Benefits Of Tamarillo

1. Vitamins

Tamarillo is packed with vitamins A, C, E and pro-vitamin A (1). It has a good source of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin. Other nutrients in tamarillo are carbohydrates, protein, fat, calcium, potassium and sodium (2) (3). It also contains minerals such as, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron. It is fortified with many nutrients that help improve the immune system.

2. Aids Weight Loss

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This fruit is beneficial in weight loss, which can be attributed to it being low in calories and high in fiber. Consumed raw, sprinkled with herbs or in the form of salads, the juice of tamarillo acts as a detoxifier when consumed. Its acidic properties help cut down fat. In a study conducted on rats, it was found that the use of tamarillo may help manage weight and control obesity (4). Exercising, in addition, can accelerate the results of weight loss.

3. Good For Skin

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Tamarillo offers vitamins A, C and E to ensure your skin stays healthy and radiant. Anthocyanin, phenols and flavonoids protect the skin from oxidative stress and pollution (5), (6). Tamarillo also helps in anti-aging. Just as regular tomatoes, these can be used in home remedies for various skin problems.

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You can apply tomatillo directly to your face. Simply split it open and rub the flesh and juice over your skin and wash it off after leaving it on for 15 minutes.

4. Helps Control Diabetes

The chlorogenic acid present in tamarillo and the low glycemic index of the fruit together help lower blood sugar levels in type-II diabetes mellitus (7). Tamarillo contains excellent antioxidants, which can reduce oxidative stress in organs such as the pancreas and the liver. Eating the pulp of tamarillo, or consuming its juice on a light stomach would ensure better results.

5. Soothes Inflamed Tonsils:

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Tamarillo can help reduce inflammation in the lymph nodes. In Ecuador, the natives warmed tamarillo leaves and wrapped them around the neck to treat inflamed tonsils. The absorption of heat via leaves helps reduce pain. The Columbians make a poultice of the fruit by cooking it in embers for external medicinal use.

6. Lowers High Blood Pressure

Increase your tamarillo intake to lower the levels of high blood pressure (6). Loaded with good sources of minerals and potassium, this fruit helps control blood pressure.

7. Good For Heart

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Potassium, a nutrient abundantly present in tamarillo, helps to balance the harmful effects of high sodium levels in the heart. It provides magnesium for the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system (8). Also, tamarillo contains high fiber content that helps restrain absorption of bad cholesterol in the body. Due to its excellent antioxidant properties, it helps reduce oxidative stress that may otherwise lead to stroke.

8. Good For The Eyes

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Tamarillo fruits are also very good for maintaining healthy eyesight. Anthocyanins present in tamarillo help improve your vision. According to a study, anthocyanins have effects on rhodopsin regeneration and smooth muscle relaxation in vitro. Anthocyanins were present in eye tissues and improved blood circulation (9).

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You can add blackberries and bilberries to your diet in addition to tomatillo as they are two other good sources of anthocyanins (9).

9. May Reduce The Risk Of Cancer

Anthocyanins contained in the darker tamarillo have potent antioxidants, which help combat free radicals that cause cancer. They also have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that stave off cancerous outbreaks (8).

Now that you know about tamarillo health benefits, go ahead and check out one of its recipes!

Tomorilla Sprout Salad:

Serves: 1 person

Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • Tamarillos – 2 to 3
  • Multi grain (optional) – 250 grm
  • Onions -1(diced)
  • Green chilli-1 small
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 1/2 tsp
  • Garnish of your choice

Preparation:

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add cumin seeds and sauté for a minute, after which you can add the diced onions and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Once slightly tender, add the multi-grain sprouts and sauté on a high flame.
  • Alternate the flame from low to high, sauté for another 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with some water and cover it.
  • Steam it for a minute, and then remove the lid and add the tomatoes.
  • Sauté on a high flame, adding salt.
  • You can season it with Indian or Italian seasoning, which is optional.

Tell us how you found this post!  Also share your tamarillo recipes, if you know any! Leave a comment below!

Tamarillo is a sweet-tangy fruit featured in many savory dishes. It is packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals that promote overall health. Tamarillo’s benefits range from promoting heart health to soothing inflamed tonsils. In addition, it may help manage diabetes and weight loss. It is good for your skin as well, as it delays early signs of aging and reduces fine lines. Tamarillo may also help boost immunity and reduce the risk of cancer. However, remember to consume it in moderation as excess intake may cause problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you eat the skin of a tamarillo?

Yes, tamarillo skin is edible. However, it has a very bitter taste.

How do you eat tamarillo?

You can eat tamarillo by scooping out the flesh with a spoon directly. It can also be added to salads for a unique flavor.

Sources

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  2. Wine Tree Tomato
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  4. Protective Effects of Tamarillo (Cyphomandra betacea) Extract against High Fat Diet Induced Obesity in Sprague-Dawley Rats
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC4480815/
  5. Nutritional Compositions and Antiproliferative Activities of Different Solvent Fractions from Ethanol Extract of Cyphomandra betacea (Tamarillo) Fruit
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  6. Phenolic and Anthocyanin Compounds and Antioxidant Activity of Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum Cav.)
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC7070485/
  7. Effect of Tamarillo Fortification and Fermentation Process on Physicochemical Properties and Nutrient and Volatiles Content of Yoghurt
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  8. Neuroprotective Potential of Tamarillo (Cyphomandra betacea) Epicarp Extracts Obtained by Sustainable Extraction Process
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  9. Therapeutic Effects of Anthocyanins for Vision and Eye Health
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Tanya is an ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition. She specializes in writing articles on ingredients that benefit skin,... more

Mayuri Aavula

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Mayuri Aavula is one of the top nutritionists in Hyderabad, India, and has won several awards and accolades. She started... more

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