The English tomato or tamarillo is a fruit of a plant originally from the Andes. On Madeira Island we can find them everywhere, from an altitude of 300 meters on the north coast and an altitude of 400 meters on the south coast. The majority of production, however, is concentrated in small plantations in the municipalities of Santana (Arco de São Jorge, São Jorge and Santana) and Santa Cruz (Camacha).
As the name implies, the fruit has similarities to tomatoes, being oval, red and a little pointed. The flavor, when properly ripe, is both sweet and acidic and can be eaten by the spoon naturally or integrated into salads, jams or even liqueurs and poncha.
This fruit is rich in antioxidants, which helps in strengthening the immune system and low in calories, so it can be eaten freely even by those who have to be careful with their diet!