Tree Tomato - Tyammatar
Tyammatar is the Nepali name for "tree tomato" or "tamarillo," an attractive plum shaped fruit with meaty pulp and seeds. It has a tough, bitter skin and is very tart, but flavorful when ripe. Despite its appearance, it is not a true garden tomato although it resembles a medium-size pear tomato. It is generally considered a native to the Andes of Peru, Chile, Ecuador, but also is grown in New Zealand, Australia and Asia.
|Images of tree tomato - Botanical name of this fruit is Cyphomamdra betacea (Source: An introduction to Nepalese Food Plants).|
|In Nepal, the ripe Tyammatar is used primarily to make chutney, similar to Nepali tomato chutney. To prepare chutney, the fruit is first roasted or boiled, the outer skin is removed and the pulp and seeds are seasoned with herb and spices.|