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Feijoa

Acca sellowiana

Pineapple quava, Guavasteen(Eng), Feijoa(Afr.)

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Evergreen, perennial, flowering shrub or small tree that is widely cultivated as an ornamental and fruiting tree. The green, egg-shaped fruit, matures in autumn and is roughly the size of a chicken egg. It has a sweet, aromatic flavor, which is very strong and complex, with tastes like strawberry, pineapple, apple and mint. The fruit pulp resembles the closely related guava, and is used in some natural cosmetic products as an exfoliant. Feijoa fruit has a distinctive, potent smell that resembles that of a fine perfume. A feijoa may be used as an interesting addition to a fruit smoothie or may be used to make wine or cider and feijoa-infused vodka. The feijoa pulp is used in some natural cosmetic products as an exfoliant.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

The fruit falls to the ground when ripe and at its fullest flavor, but it may be picked from the tree prior to falling to prevent bruising. When grown from seed, feijoas are noted for extremely slow growth during their first year or two.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in Summer and germination time around 3 weeks.

Special features

Attractive flowers
Pretty pink and red flower petals are edible.

Geography

Origin
South America
Natural climate
Warm-temperate to Sub-tropical plant that also will grow in the tropics

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
The flower petals are edible, with a slightly sweet flavor with hints of cinnamon. The most common use is as an addition to salads. The fruit itself is eaten fresh.
Notes
The feijoa pulp is used in some natural cosmetic products as an exfoliant. Edible fruit.

Personality

Family
Myrtaceae
Flower colour
Pink, White with red accents
Scent
Mild

Problems

Fruit fly can spoil fruit.
Natal fruit fly
Natal fruit fly
Ceratitis rosa

Companion plants

Fig (Ficus); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Bottlebrush (Callistemon); Loropetalum (Loropetalum); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina)

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