Real World Gardener Pineapple Guava is Plant of the Week

October 31st, 2014

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

with Hort Journal Karen smith

If you were told that the fruit of this tree the fruit has the taste and perfume of strawberry, pineapple, lemon, passionfruit and guava, would you buy it?

What if you were also told that he spectacular purple, pink and white flowers with a mass of red stamens have sweet delicious petals that make a superb ingredient in sweets and drinks., would you change your mind and want to grow it?

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The feijoa is a slow-growing evergreen shrub that can reach 5m. high and 5metres wide.

 

The feijoa can tolerate partial shade and slight exposure to salt spray. They also make an excellent foundation planting, either singly or as a formal or informal hedge.

The fruits are about 2 to 8cm long and vary in shape from round to elongated pear shaped.

The waxy skin is dull blue-green to blue or grayish green and the skin texture varies from smooth to rough and pebbly and is 1.5cm thick. The fruit emits a strong long-lasting perfume, even before it is fully ripe.

Scoop out the flesh out put some on a fruit salad or in a smoothie.

The tiny edible seeds are embedded in a jellylike centre and you can make sweet drinks with the flowers.

 

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