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Can Unripe/Green Tamarillos ripen off the tree?

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J starts with ...
Just wanted to find out if anyone has had any luck ripening green or unripe tamarillos off the tree. Had about five fruit fall off one of my tamarillos that is loaded with fruit, but I'm not sure if it was birds or just the wind. Either way I'd rather the fruit get to me rather than pests so if they can be ripened off the tree will green that would be great.
Wikipedia says " Premature harvest and ethylene induced ripening in controlled-atmosphere chambers is possible with minimal loss of fruit quality." Has anyone tried this as well?
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1st April 2012 11:48am
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snottiegobble says...
Sorry J, they have to be coloured up to ripen & slightly wrinkled is best for jam etc!
recipe is simple :- 1/3 peeled tamarillos
1/3 apples, & 1/3 sugar, nothing else!
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J says...
Hi snottie and everyone, Just an update: Out of the 5 green tamarillos that fell off my tree and that I sealed in a plastic bag with 2 apples, 4 ripened to perfection. They turned orange not red like the fruit are doing on the tree but still tasted just as good. I'm going to try this again but it seemed to work.
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craftkrish says...
Hi,Yes they do. My first experience with Tamarillo. So many flowers and fruit at different stages. Quickly threw a sheet over due to Melbourne 40+ day. Wind blew up. Snapped 15cm from base.
Still watered.....little branches and fresh leave appeared and growing rapidly.
Most green fruit went into compost. Then I saw bright yellow in mulch. I ate 3 little ones, which were so immature when they fell. So I searched for more and have the seed.
I find the Tamarillo incredibly interesting. I love it.
Maybe the new growth will fruit in time. I feel it may.
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13th February 2014 2:17pm
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Cagey says...
Best to take Cuttings from August to November ( southern Hemisphere ) - 30 cm.
Facing "preferably " East ( South. Hem. )
and if possible against a wall.
one of mine is 3 M. tall
Seeds unreliable.
Frost tender & Heat sensitive.
Needs staking as you have found out especially if they get past 1 M.
Try the "paper bag & APPLE or Banana".
More ORANGE than RED.

Ken
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11th February 2016 4:31pm
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Bill phillip island says...
We put our tamarillos in a big dish so they are all visible and place them in asuuy spot and they all ripen even the all green ones. Beut fruit
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Adrian says...
Growing Tamarillos in cool climates such as in Canberra and Melbourne, in my experience, allows only the very early set fruit to mature to ripeness on the tree. So the tips mentioned above about ethylene induced ripening will help me a lot with getting the most out of my unripened Tamarillos, now that frosts are about to hit the southern inland regions (Canberra especially). My ripened fruit has been absolutely superb, but the purple-red fruit needs to develop an orangy backgound colour to mellow the extremely tart impact of unripe fruit. Thanks to all!
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