This was my very first encounter with tree tomatoes also called tamarillos. They are intriguing, and really hard to describe. Imagine a cross between a tomato and a kiwi. They ooze very red, which is a little disconcerting. I’m surprised they don’t get more airtime around Halloween! The ones I got were a little on the tart side, so pairing them with sweet berries and jam created a balance. The colour payoff was breathtaking – a rich and wonderfully assured spectrum of reds. Tamarillos are packed with vitamins and nutrients, and it was exciting to encounter this super fruit in Kenya.
3 tree tomatoes
3 cups frozen mixed berries
6 tablespoons of good quality berry jam (a homemade or artisan brand is best)
Mint leaves for garnishing
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until smooth
- Spoon carefully into champagne glasses for dramatic effect, and garnish with a sprig of mint
This recipe is from Season 1 Episode 7 of Minjiba Entertains, commissioned by The Africa Channel and showing on RealTime DSTV Channel 155, Emirates in-Flight Entertainment, Amazon Prime, and Demand Africa.