Abida’s Kitchen | Tamarillo & Cayenne Pepper Jam


Tree Tomatoe Jam 4 | Abida's Kitchen



A word you use in place of the one you can’t spell!!!

I learn something new every day- Tree tomatoes are synonymous to tamarillo’s!!!

Tree Tomatoe Jam 5 | Abida's Kitchen

There’s nothing that sets my palate ablaze quite like a skillfull balance of sweet, sour and salty flavours and this tree tomato and cayenne jam recipe does just that…this was the first time I’d ever attempted to prepare this, despite the fact that I’ve spent years wishing Art Café would bottle can their tree tomato jam! Long story short, my shnookadoodle came home with some tree tomatoes – 10 to be exact and he enthusiastically proclaimed ” lets make tree tomato juice!”, to which I quipped “but this will only get us a glass of juice!”… I’ve never been short on ideas when it comes to utilising or preparing food so I thought why not finally attempt to make tree tomato jam aka tomarillo jam (bring out the sombreros, wear an outfit with all the colours of the rainbow, click play on Los Lobos – La Bamba and lets JAM!!!


  • 10 tree tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp butter (optional)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Clean sterilised glass jar


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  1. Half the tree tomatoes & scoop out the pulp and seeds into a pot, squeeze in the juice from the lemon
  2. Scoop out the flesh of the tree tomatoes with a spoon. Discard the skin as it is bitter and not edible. Chop the tamarillos finely.
  3. Place the tree tomatoes to, lemon juice and water in a pot and let the mixture simmer until the fruit softens.
  4. Lower the heat and stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Add in the salt, cayenne pepper and butter then stir until incorporated. Increase the heat bring the jam to a boil.
  5. Lower the heat a little and continue cooking. Keep stirring to prevent the jam from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  6. The mixture will thicken, check the consistency of the jam and stop cooking when you are happy with the thickness.
  7. Pour the jam into the clean glass jar and seal. Store in a dark, cool place or refrigerate.

Look at that gorgeous ↓↓ ↓↓consistency!!!

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I smeared some butter onto a baguette that my shnokkadoodle had brought home slathered some of the Amarillo & Cayenne pepper jam onto it took a bite and what came next was pure ecstasy!!

Tree Tomatoe Jam 8 | Abida's Kitchen

I then sat back and thought to myself….

I really love this guy and his baguette!!!


Tree Tomatoe Jam 7 | Abida's Kitchen

The jam sent my taste buds on a titillating excursion! There were notes of sweet balanced by sours accompanied by slight hints of heat from the cayenne and rounded off with the creamy buttery notes.

I could see myself spreading this over a slice of toast with some homage ricotta cheese!! to over a lovely thick cut slice of brioche French toast with a dollop of mascarpone cheese *cue the cymbals* …and finger licking!

My chief taste tester ↓↓ ↓↓ gave this a thumbs up. Her eyes couldn’t help but roll!

Tree Tomatoe Jam 9 | Abida's Kitchen

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