Tree Tomatoes

Tree Tomatoes

We just spent our first night in Ecuador,  where they say you find “La vida estada pura,” or “Life at its purest.”

We were welcomed with a glass of fresh tree tomato juice. Tree tomatos are a local fruit with a thin rind of mottled green-red. When you slice one in half with a knife, it looks like the inside of a firm, bright yellow tomato. But the taste is nothing at all like a tomato. It’s a fresh citrus flavor, sweet and inviting — a bit surprising in something without the watery, pulpy texture of citrus.

Tree tomato juice looks like a glass of orange juice, but it’s a little thicker — somewhere between a juice and smoothie. If orange juice is a glass of sunshine, then this tastes like orange juice on a vacation, gliding down a river under the rainforest canopy on a hot, lazy day — ready for a nap. Sultry. Delicious.

In fact the entire night was delicious, including a local Ecuadoran dessert, a form of arroz con leche. It was a classic Spanish rice, orange, and cinnamon pudding, but unusually light ,like an incredibly light mousse, served over an olive oil, peach, and almond crust — with a bit of caramel. Fresh berries on the side. Wow.

Off to explore Quito today.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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