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Tomato, Tree

Palo de tomate

Solanaceae Cyphomandra betacea (Cav.) Sendt.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The tree tomato is a perennial shrub 6 to 10 feet high, with large, soft pubescent heart-shaped leaves. It can be grown in the open only in frost free locations. The fruit is 2 to 3 inches long, oval in shape, smooth and many seeded, borne on a long stem. Fruit resembles a tomato in appearance, use and flavor.

Season, bloom to mature fruit: About 3 months.

Production in the U.S.: No data, limited.

Use: Fresh and culinary, like tomato.

Parts consumed: Whole fruit.

Last update June 27, 1996 bha