Tamarillo- Phytochemical Fortified Organic Superfood for Great Immune SystemTamarillo, also known as “tree Tomato” is a delightful variety of tomato that was domesticated and cultivated in South America long before Columbus came. An organic superfood reinforced with tons of healthy nutrients to keep your body fit at all times.
Said to be a native crop of the Peruvian Andes, this amazing fruit may look very much like a tomato but definitely not in taste. This egg shaped fruit was introduced to New Zealand in the 1800s and has now has become the major producer of this exotic organic superfood.
Its scientific name is solanum betaceum and is related to capsicum peppers, potato, and obviously tomato which are all members of solanaceae family. They are small size tree growing to about 15 feet. It has hairy stems and produces small flowers. The fruit is oval in shape with a very smooth texture which come in deep red and orange-yellow. This fresh and clean tasting organic superfood has a sweet, citric juicy flesh filled with circular flat tiny seeds that are also edible. You may want to avoid the skin, which is awfully bitter in taste.
As for nutritional and health benefits, Tamarillo can hold its place among the healthiest food around. It is loaded with vitamins A, E, C, including B complex like riboflavin, niacin and thiamine. The mineral content of this fruit includes potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper. It also stores carbohydrates, fats and protein. It is high in fiber, but low in calorie which makes it an ideal part of your healthy diet.
This organic superfood provides an excellent supply of not just any antioxidant, but a flavonoid anthocyanins containing one of four very potent carotenoids called lycopene. In terms of antioxidant activity, lycopene leads in neutralizing oxygen derived free radicals, which are the main cause of premature aging and most chronic diseases like cancer. Tamarillo is also great for weight watchers due to its acid nature which, when taken regularly can eliminate excess fat. The rich amount of potassium it contains counters the negative influence of sodium, thus helps control the blood pressure and heart rate.
Tamarillo is relatively safe as long as it is taken in moderation and in food quantity. Allergic reaction is very rare and may only happen if you are allergic to eggplants, tomato and other soalnaceae plants.
How to eat tamarillo in 4 easy steps? wash thoroughly, slice in half, scoop flesh with a spoon and enjoy. Oh, they also go well with salad.
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