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  • Tree tomato or tamarillo (Cyphomadra Betacea) is grown mostly in the northwestern and western parts of the country. It is a member of the family of Solanaceaes.
  • Tree tomato is a perennial bush with a woody trunk that grows to heights between 2 and 5 meters in favorable conditions, and it requires a cool climate and optimal temperatures for this plant are in the range 14oC to 20oC.
  • Although it is a relatively new product on international markets, there is strong demand for tree tomato in fresh form in those markets, particularly in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, and especially if it is organic. Fair Trade certification also helps open markets for it. After being imported, it is processed into juices, concentrates, jams, gelatins and sweets. If processing facilities and adequate transport were available, it could be exported also in the form of fruit pulp or concentrate
  • The annual production is estimated at 5,000 MT a year dominated by purple variety