Pineapple Guava

//Pineapple Guava

Feijoa sellowiana – Pineapple Guava is a large fruiting,evergreen shrub or small tree. It is used primarily as a landscape shrub on the west coast of the united states but has the added feature of tasty, edible fruit and flowers. Zones 8 äóñ 10. What this really means is that it likes some cool weather, can go down to 10 deg. F, likes rain in the 30äó_ äóñ 40äó_ range, and doesnäó»t like super hot daytime weather äóñ not so good in the desert.
täó»s adaptable to a wide range of soils, including acidic soil, but prefers a humus rich soil that is well drained. Adding compost and not manure works for this plant.
Full sun is best äóñ but it can tolerate partial shade
The flowers which bloom late Spring are edible. The thick petals are spicy and are eaten fresh. The petals may be plucked without interfering with fruit set. The fruit ripens in late Fall, which is a great boon, since almost everything else in the garden is gone. The fruit in the picture below, came from my garden on December 22 after many days of frost. They taste fresh and tangy. We eat them by scooping out the fruit with a spoon. Or you can cook them in puddings, pastry fillings, fritters, dumplings, fruit-sponge-cake, pies or tarts.

By | 2017-09-11T15:49:27-07:00 January 18th, 2016|Shrubs|0 Comments

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