Pineapple Guavas

It is end of October and time for fall fruit harvest. We harvested about 10 pounds of pineapple guava from our friend’s yard. Most people would consider turning them into jams and have it with toast. But I just cut them in half and scoop out the soft middle part. The skin is not so sweet, more tannic and astringent tasting. But the inside is really good. It’s sweet and taste like a cross between strawberry, kiwi, pineapple, and of course guava. I love that they don’t just taste great, but they smell great too. The pink petals are also edible and used in tossed salads. But I have yet to try the petals. That would be an interesting thing to experiment with next spring.

The common names for this fruit is Feijoa, Pineapple Guava, and Guavasteen. They are native to Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Basically most of south America. It can tolerate partial shade and slight exposure to salt spray. They prefer cool winters and moderate summers, so northern California bay area weather is perfect.

If I had more garden space, I would really consider planting one of these shrubs. They would make nice privacy hedges. They also don’t require much watering too. The best part, is no need for pesticide as the pineapple guava is pest and disease-resistant. The best place to grow them is to choose a plant site away from hot, reflected sun.You can read more about cultivating it at FEIJOA Fruit Facts.



  1. Gina said

    I love fruit trees and wish that we’ve a bigger backyard, even if you don’t get to eat the fruits, it’s great for little animals especially during this time of the year. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted the pineapple guava before, but it sounds real good.

  2. cambree said

    I didn’t know about these fruits until a few years ago. When I tasted it, it reminded me of guavas. Or at least a close cousin of them. If you like guavas, you would love these.

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