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Brief Description

Tamarillo is a member of the Soloanaceae family, with potato, tomato, pepino and naranjilla. Once known as the 'Tree Tomato'. Native to the Andean region of Bolivia and north-west Argentina, the wild tamarillo seems to have all but disappeared from its native habitat. Tamarillos were first introduced to New Zealand in the late 1800’s from Asia. However, the red tamarillo was developed by an Auckland nurseryman in the 1920’s. It was not until the 2nd World War that substantial quantities were produced, then an increase in production with the horticultural boom in the 1970’s.

  • Cultivation locations in Rwanda: Countrywide
  • Soil and climate requirements: Climatic conditions for growth: The tamarillo prefers subtropical climate, with rainfall between 600 and 4000 millimeters and annual temperatures between 15 and 20°C. It is intolerant to frost (below -2 °C) and drought stress. It is assumed that fruit set is affected by night temperatures.
  • Destination: Belgium and the United Arab Emirates