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!
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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.

FRUIT

Feijoa

VARIETY

Unknown

PEAK

Fall

ORIGIN

South America

GROWN

Koral’s Tropical Fruit Farm
Vista, California

PURCHASED

Farmer’s Market

NOTES

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.
More about Feijoas.

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  • Dennis Feb 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I have a great recipe for guava bread from Honolulu Electric Cookbook I have been making for close to 40 yrs…

  • Fruit Maven Feb 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Oh that sounds delecious! Can you use any guava?

  • Diet Solution Program Jun 3, 2010 at 5:23 am

    I have a pineapple guava I’d bough that was about 2 feet tall, and it’s been pretty low maintenance and good for the end of the flower bed. I trim it once or twice a year and it’s pretty easy to trim. It is slow growing. I just bought another one from Amazon (Hirts), and it was delivered very quickly and the plant is in great shape. The only thing I was a bit disappointed was that the plant was only 8-10 inches tall! Oh well. At least it’s perfectly healthy.

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