Atlanta Fruitman’s Blog

June 1, 2009, 10:44 pm
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Here is little known fruit (in this area at least) that need more attention. Its one of the few temperate evergreen fruit bushes  around, so it is perfect for a single bush or a wind break. The another common name for it is Pineapple Guava.  It is not a true Guava that you would see in tropical markets, but is still part of the myrtle family. Dont let the name fool you it is a cold hardy bush. I have never seen any real damage to it around my house and I know some people are growing them north Georgia.  Some leaves will burn on the end when we go down to single digits, but I always get a new flush of leaves in the spring. The bush can be pruned to a short hedge or trimmed to a small tree. The leaves are similar to a Camellia but have a frosted look to them. The flowers have white-lavender fleshy petals and red stamens and yellow tips. The petals are even slightly sweet and minty flavored. The fruit looks like small aromatic green torpedoes with a taste that is sweetly acid. Some say it is a mix of strawberry and pineapple, but I think it has taste all its own.  It is a great fruit for salads and salsa or just fresh. Some people eat just the inside witch is more sweet, others will eat the skin and all which have a more sharp flavor. The seeds are tiny and unoticable like kiwis.

It is a very low care bush. I have never done anything to it.  I will occasionally take brush an dab the flowers, so I am sure I get the best pollination, but it may not be necessary. You will need two bushes to get fruit.  I have never sprayed, watered or even covered the bush, and I am always rewarded with a few bushels of fruit every year -even during the drought years (the fruit were just smaller). The squirrels or birds dont seem to like it. I dont know if they even know it is there. The fruit stays green even when it is most ripe and at a distance may be hard to see on the bush. You know it is ripe when the fruit falls to the ground.  This happens around late October early November here.

I am thinking about them now because I just picked a bunch of flower petels to make mild flavored wine…so actually you could say you get two crops out of the bush! I have made a very distinctive flavored wine out of the fruit as well lst year. This has to be one of the top fruit trees in the yard.

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Not that mine has even flowered yet. I checked to day. No flowers visible to me. Please let me try a fruit this year. I would make me so happy. Thanks for your blog.

Comment by jeana

where can I find a feijoa tree to get the fruit from?? I live in Alpharetta, Georgia and I am crazy to get some feijoas!

Comment by Hannah Ramsahai Diaz

Jeana, Feijoa A.k.a. Pineapple Guava is not a self pollinating, so you do need a second tree. If you don’t have one, try to grow another one from the cutting 🙂 or perhaps even “Air Layering” technique if your bush/tree is large enough. I think most people who reported their Feijoa growing well yet not flowering are due to soil quality (they love acidic soil). Look here for some very useful information

Good luck!

(To Atlanta Fruitman, thank you for your great post. I would love to see some pictures or even video :)) ..

Comment by Intekhab Choudhury

I was wondering which type do you have? I purchased a variety from One Green World called “Apollo” which is growing nicely here in Stone Mountain, GA but I’m afraid if I should put it in a pot and bring it inside during the frost season. I was wondering if your variety might be cold tolerant but mine may not be 😦 … Take care,

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