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Indonesian Fruit Installment 17: Tamarillo, Terong Belanda

One of the best parts of the trip to Tana Toraja was all of the terong belanda juice (and the jus campur, mix juice with terong belanda and passion fruit). Terong belanda translates from Indonesian as Dutch eggplant, in English this fruit is commonly known as tamarillo.

I asked Pak Agust early on about local fruits and he made sure to find me a terong belanda during our first day hiking together. On our last day in town we passed a street vendor with a table full of the fruit and Chloe and I decided it would be a good idea to buy some fruit and take it all the way back to Jakarta.

Terong belanda is a bit tart and has a berry taste, like a blend of raspberry, blackberry and blueberry, but still its own unique taste. The beautiful exterior purple hues are an added bonus.

To make juice from the fruit you need to scoop out the interior of the fruit and add some water and sugar and then blend.

So if you find yourself face to face with a tamarillo, give it a go.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. wow.. it’s so red. Usually used it for cooking curry but never seen it made into a drink before.

    December 4, 2012
  2. I need to check these babies out since I’m trying to be on a health kick right now. I’m loving the idea of the blueberry, blackberry, raspberry flavour combo.

    December 4, 2012
    • Yes, they are wonderful. I never spotted them in Jakarta. I think they need a cooler climate.

      December 6, 2012
  3. this fruit also grows in Sumatra precisely in North Sumatra..:)
    Have you tasted the passion fruit?
    I like the juice of terong belanda. It’s so sweet and delicious.

    December 27, 2012
  4. I have been trying to find this at Sg , recently no luck yet. Looks yummy!!

    December 1, 2015

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