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Dwarf Tamarillo
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Dwarf Tamarillo (15 seeds) (GR136) $3.00

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Dwarf Tamarillo

         
 
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Miniature version of our regular Tamarillo, and a close relative. But this one ripens smaller fruits in clusters. When fully ripe, each fruit is a deep golden-orange. Very sweet, fruity, tropical flavor, with overtones of pineapple—dwarf tamarillos are superb for juicing, whipped into smoothies, or eaten out of hand. The foliage is very fragrant and at all stages the plants are very lovely. A beautiful ornamental as well! This South American native produced well in our Missouri gardens, but may need greenhouse cultivation in the North. In frost-free conditions, it eventually grows into a small tree. Super delicious and easy to grow!
 
Dwarf Tamarillo
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 8
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.5

75.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Travis
Location:
San Antonio, TX, United States
Date:
May 26, 2017
          4.0
 
wonderful with a bit ostrange
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? ornamental and promising fruit

What are the cons? Fruit need domestication

Review:

This plant was started in the Fall of 2016 with 90% germenation. This plant grew very fast to 2 feet and stopped growth when it became root bound. This plant will let you know it is thirsty with droopy keaves and that still gives you a day or so to water. In late Feburary i planted 5 in the ground and left one in a pot but reaolved the root bind. The plants in the ground quickly grew leaves the size of your head as appposed to the tea cups before. They all began to bloom a stalk that has clusters of white flowers like the regular tamarillo but in much greater number and they bloom in mass thather than in sequence. After one month fruit begin to yellow and when the color of the sun they have three flavors. As said they have a bitterness but in the plants i found that is mostly in the skin, followed by the seeds mass. what i do is to peel the waxy hairy skin and scoop the seeds from the very this meat. the meat has no bitterness. The seeds are still enjoyable after used to the minor b

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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11 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Nik
Location:
Orange, CA, United States
Date:
January 31, 2017
          4.0
 
Worth a try dont eat skins
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Indestructible container-grown

What are the cons? Fruit

Review:

Ours has thrived in a container, hitting 6-7' and fruiting constantly. As some of my semi-tropicals have struggled, this has done nothing but thrive. Only hornworms have put any sort of dent in it, and it quickly recovered from that damage. Like others, I noticed a bitter aftertaste after trying my first fruit (which was initially delicious). I know regular tamarilloes are best served cooked, and the skin should first be removed (as it's particularly bitter). I haven't had a chance to try, but I suspect much of the flavor challenges noted can be avoided by just using the fruit's pulp and discarding their skins.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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10 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
J.B. Patterson
Location:
Saint Louis, MO, United States
Date:
November 12, 2016
          4.0
 
Jessica
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? great looking plant!

What are the cons? fruit is kinda bitter

Review:

My plants have reached 8' in height and have a fun peppery smell. They shaded out half the garden but it's such a neat plant i'm ok with it. However, I don't know what to do with the fruits. I don't like them enough to eat them raw, but was wondering if they might be better candied like citrus or in ice cream perhaps. Super sweet but the aftertaste gets ya!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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21 out of 23 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
mangomike
Location:
Modesto, CA, United States
Date:
September 27, 2016
          3.0
 
Dwarf Tamarillo
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? A new food plant

What are the cons? Some fruits have odd flavors

Review:

This is actually a different species, Cyphomandra abutiloides.(The "regular" tamarillo is C. betacea) As some have mentioned there can be off-putting flavors in the fruit (this is also true for C betacea in my experience) When a good-tasting specimen is found , it can be easily reproduced by cuttings and overwintered in a greenhouse or coldframe. These are species like tzimbalo and pepino dulce that are not fully domesticated, and will require some selection work to get the negative characteristics worked out. But isn't that part of the joy of gardening? We live in a wonderful time when hundreds of marginally edible species are available to us in our mailboxes; if we don't grow and improve them, many will not be there for the next generation.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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8 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

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Kim
Location:
Plainfield, IN, United States
Date:
September 11, 2016
          3.0
 
Fun to try but...
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Interesting to grow

What are the cons? Bitter taste

Review:

I agree with the last review that said the fruit had a bitter aftertaste. It starts out good but then you have to go brush your teeth to get rid of the bad aftertaste. The other thing I would mention is that the plant smells bad(burnt hair or rubber). If you brush up against it you'll smell it for several minutes afterwards. I planted the seeds at the beginning of April and the first fruit ripened at the beginning of September. I always try a couple new plants every year and I'm glad I got to try this plant, even though the fruit is kinda funky. It was fun and easy to grow, even in pots.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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