Definition of tamarillo in English:



  • 1A tropical South American plant of the nightshade family, which bears edible egg-shaped red fruits.

    Cyphomandra betaceae, family Solanaceae

    • ‘Four of the 14 orders deal with commodity levies, which are voted upon by growers of tamarillos, meat, wool, and wine grapes.’
    • ‘The tamarillo is subtropical rather than tropical and flourishes between 5,000 and 10,000 ft. in its Andean homeland.’
    • ‘Tamarillos were first introduced into New Zealand from Asia in the late 1800s.’
    • ‘The tamarillo is generally believed to be native to the Andes of Peru and probably also, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia.’
    1. 1.1The fruit of the tamarillo.
      • ‘And a good tonic it is, according to recent research, which shows that tamarillos rate very well as a source of antioxidants compared with other common fruit and vegetables.’
      • ‘In restaurants, we are offered anything from the faintly recognisable tamarillo or star anise ice-cream to absurd flavours such as anchovy or haggis.’
      • ‘Products like buttercup squash, table grapes, chestnuts, persimmons, avocados, tamarillos, boysenberries, and Nashi Asian pears, just demonstrate the wide diversity of horticultural exports from New Zealand to overseas markets.’
      • ‘Place the beef, tamarillos, onion and kumara in a casserole dish.’
      • ‘Last winter, I was given a large bag of small, end-of-season tamarillos.’


1960s (originally NZ): an invented name, perhaps suggested by Spanish tomatillo, diminutive of tomate ‘tomato’.