Feijoa (Pineapple Guava)

November 4th, 2009 | Fruit Maven

If you like to marinate your gum in a glass of pureed wheatgrass before you chew it, then this is the fruit for you!

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★☆☆

Blueish green oblong fruit with a pebbly surface

AROMA Rating: ★★★★½

Lovely, strong, sweet scent with a unique spearmint note

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★½☆

Medium juice, crystallized texture, soft flesh

TASTE Rating: ★★★★½

Sweet and delicious with an herbal grassy spearmint flavor that is very unusual and enticing

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

This is certainly a unique fruit. Strikes me as something that is talked about more than eaten and might win the “most likely to still be on the fruit platter at the end of the party” award.

Updated 11/03: I tried this one again at a California Rare Fruit Growers meeting and oh am I glad I did! It was amazing. I went back for thirds and fourths (it was free!). I don’t know if the other one I tried was overripe or just not that good, but please, please if you see this at a party don’t let even one piece linger on that platter — also please invite me to cool parties that serve Feijoas. Thanks.








South America


Koral’s Tropical Fruit Farm
Vista, California


Farmer’s Market


The center jelly of this Feijoa was slightly brown, which I now know means it was slightly overripe. Looks like I will need to try this one again. Also known as Pineapple Guava.
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