Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum) belongs to the Solanaceae family (the Nightshade family). It is a small evergreen tree that is native to the Andes of Peru. It is cultivated and naturalized widely in South America. This tree is fast-growing and can reach up to 5 m in height. The trunk is usually single upright with lateral branches. The leaves are large heart-shaped, thin, with softly hairs and acute tips. The pale pink or lavender flowers bloom in the loose clusters near the branch tips from late summer to fall. The fruits are egg-shaped, 5-10 cm long, deep purple, blood red, orange or yellow, and edible.