Tree Tomato Chutney.

At last I have finally made the Tree Tomato ( Tamarillo ) Chutney.

3 kilos tree tomatoes, scooped out of their skins with a teaspoon.

3 large onions, garlic optional.

4 apples, peeled, cored and chunked.

2 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger or tablespoon of dried.

1 teaspoon (5 ml ) each of salt and pepper.

1 tablespoon ( 20 ml) of chilli powder or 6 bell chillies, finally chopped with seed to get the heat.

3  ( approx 750 grammes ) cups of brown or white sugar.

3  (750 ml ) of cider or white vinegar.

Place and combine all ingredients into large pot or boiler. Slowly bring to the boil stirring occasionally. Once to the boil reduce heat to a gentle simmer. I place a couple of glass marbles ( my Mother taught me this ) into the pot to prevent the mixture catching. After 60 to 90 minutes and after observing the texture of the mixture turn the heat off and let stand. In the meantime prepare and sterilize the glass jars and lids. Decant mixture into jars, let cool then place lids on firmly. Ready to impress within a couple of weeks.

Thanks to various chutney recipes which I combined with what I had in the larder and garden.


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11 responses to “Tree Tomato Chutney.

  1. Jean Swinley

    Just had some with my curry tonight. My recipe has 2 x ripe bananas, 1T mixed spice & 1t cayenne pepper. Missing is ginger, chilli and have never tried cider. A neighbour had a much simpler recipe but he passed away before I could get his recipe. Still a bit of a mission, but I found that if you boil the fruit for a few minutes the skins pop open & are easier to scoop out


  2. Murray

    Hi – should I interpret as 3kgs of whole tree tomatoes (before scooping out), or should the scooped out ingredient come to 3kgs? (which would be a LOT of tree tomatoes! Thanks


  3. Martie

    Thank you for the recipe. Got some and did not know what to do with it. Will try this forsure.


  4. My Mum used to put a cup of dates in her tamarillo chutney. What do you think. Reply


  5. I reckon dates would work well. I am making some chutney this week-end so will use a handful or two of dates. Thanks for your Mum’s recipe.

    I saw the honey eaters eating the ripe tamarillo’s left on the trees this morning. Neat round circles as they hover like humming birds as they eat the delicious fruit. Time to finish the harvest leaving some for the birds.


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  7. Philippa

    This looks so good!


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