The two tamarillo trees have produced their first crop and a mighty fine crop it is too. I had almost given up trying to grow tamarillos, this is the third time I have planted some. The previous trees had succumbed to mildew. I thought these would too as they did show signs of it, but they toughed it out under my no spray regime and now look remarkably healthy. I'll have to save some seed from the strongest tree and grow some more. Tamarillos are relatively short lived.
These are the orange variety, sweeter and less acidic, but also less overall flavour. I can however eat them straight, and I don't remember doing that with the red variety.
We're not huge chutney eaters, which seems to be the standard use for a glut of tamarillos, but I am keen to make some tamarillo sorbet (from Stephanie Alexander's Cook's Companion - mostly because she suggests freezing the shells and then serving the sorbet in them, which has a certain appeal).
Fig trees still going, and the birds seem to have lost interest now.
Alex's little persimmon tree has started to produce too. Needs netting though. I've strategically turned them around in the photo to hide the peck marks.