Solanaceous Jams: Arbol de Tomate y Naranjilla

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The tomatoe family was many well known members: tomatoes, tobacco, eggplant, peppers, potatoes. Many are toxic like the nightshades. There are also quite species that produce edible fruit. There are two species that thrive up here in our cool montane climate, The Arbol de Tomate (Solanum betaceum) , and Naranjilla (solanum quitoense). Both species are native to montane areas of South America.

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Solanum betaceum Arbol de Tomate

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Solanum quitoense Naranjilla
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In preparation for our high season we decided to make some jam from these two fruits. Here is the harvest

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Cutting open the fruit and extracting the fruit

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Into the blender

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And the finished product
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Loaded with vitamin C. Next high season our guests will enjoy an exotic tomatoe fruit solanacous Jam!

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