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Orange and reddish Solanum betaceum tamarillo cut in half in a black bowl
solanum betaceum
Solanum betaceum (Tamarillo)

Originating from the Andes, the Tree Tomato is cultivated between 3,300 and 8,500 feet in Colombia where it is sold in markets and supermarkets. The orange and red, oval-shaped fruits offer a rich source of vitamins A, B6, C, dietary fiber, and potassium with phenolics, carotenoids, and anthocyanins being its main constituents. The nutritional fruit, characterized by a bitter skin encasing sweet and tangy flesh that is used to make juice or sometimes boiled, cooked, or eaten raw. Photographed in the central Andes mountain range of Colombia (Cordillera Central).

A dark plum-brown Solanum betaceum hanging from a tree
A cluster of three Solanum betaceum fruits in colors of red, orange, yellow and green
A Solanum betaceum cluster with flower buds and flowers

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