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Taste the Tropics

Magazine article Sunset

Taste the Tropics

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Plant pineapple guava, a shrub that's gorgeous in the garden and gives you piles of fruit too.


Also known as Feijoa sellowiana, pineapple guava is native to South America. It has glossy leaves, spring flowers with delicious edible petals, and graygreen oval fruit that ripens 4 to 7 months after flowering.


Pineapple guava has a sweet-tart-floral flavor with a hint of pineapple. Enjoy it raw by slicing in half and scooping out the flesh. Or add it to quick breads, chutneys, and desserts.


GROW pineapple guava in Sunset climate zones 7-9, 12-14, Hi, and Ha. 'Apollo', 'Coolidge', 'Mammoth', 'Nazemetz', and Trask' are some of the best varieties for eating. Put plant in soil that gets full sun. Young trees may not produce much at their first harvest, but you'll get more and more as the years go on.


WATER pineapple guava regularly if you're growing it for the fruit (versus simply as a landscape evergreen; the plant itself is drought-tolerant). It can reach 18 to 25 feet tall and wide, but in late spring you can prune the plant to any size, as an espalier, a screen, a hedge, or a small tree. …

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