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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: 6
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5

66.7% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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0 out of 0 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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8 out of 8 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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3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
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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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
mcsnail
Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Date:
September 1, 2016
          3.0
 
love everything but the tast
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Its a beautiful, robust plant

What are the cons? berries very acrid

Review:

My berries were not delicious. They taste wonderful at first, a little like melony papaya, And then this horrible, acrid, bitter aftertaste hits that ruins everything. Everyone I gave them to had the same response and investigations on the web indicate that the plant is mostly used as an ornamental because the fruit is so bitter. Does this vary from plant to plant? Its so big (over 5'5'' now, with a trunk as big as my wrist) that I only grew one to maturity. Its really frustrating--because the berries are so beautiful and the initial flavor is so good. I tried infusing them in alcohol. The golden liquid tasted like a glorious liqueur that someone had poured a bottle of bitters into. I tried cooking them--which carmelized the wonderful tropical flavors but intensified the bitterness. I read that the skins are the source of the bitterness--so I tried extracting the juice--but no go. I am now trying to decide whether to chop down this gorgeous, healthy plant. Breaks my heart.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Shelli
Location:
Jacksonville, FL, United States
Date:
August 18, 2016
          5.0
 
New plant in my yard
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow

What are the cons? None

Review:

Plant grew and I did not know what it was until now. I have it outside and it is about 5 feet tall. Easy to grow. Started it in a pot then into the ground. Only watering is rain. No fuss, no fertilizer, nothing special. Will definitely save seeds to grow more. Orange fruit very pretty. Almost mistook it for an eggplant until fruit ripened. LOL

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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