Tamarilllos have a purplish-red or crimson skin with a dark orange flesh. They have a plumlike texture with a bitterish, astringent flavor.
Tamarillos are available from May through October.
Choose a fragrant, deep colored tamarillo that gives slightly to finger pressure. Avoid blemishes and small or shriveled fruit.
Ripen at room temperature. Tightly wrap in plastic and refrigerate tamarillo up to 10 days.