My personal taste for pineapple guavas or Feijoas developed as a child growing-up in New Zealand. In the north island of New Zealand they are often planted to form hedges and create an edible landscape. As evergreen trees with striking glossy-green leaves that are silvery white on the underside, Feijoas when kept pruned are perfect for hedges and privacy screens. Here is the USA many people plant privet to form hedges. In Australia privet is classified as a “noxious weed” and planting it is prohibited.The pineapple guava is a member of the Myrtle family, which includes allspice, eucalyptus, and clove. The pineapple guava is native to Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Freidrich Sellow, a German explorer discovered the plant in southern Brazil in 1815. In 1890 the plant was transported from La Plata, Brazil and planted in a garden in France by botanist Dr. Edouard Andre. Today the fruit is known as Feijoa, pineapple guava, Brazilian guava, fig guava, guavasteen, New Zealand banana, and the guayabo del pais. The plants bloom in May and the fruit forms by August. Once the fruit falls to the ground it is ready to be harvested.

Feijoas can be eaten in two ways – either peel off the skin and eat the creamy flesh inside or cut in half and scoop the inside out with a small spoon. If you cut a Feijoa open and it is dark brown inside, discard. The flavor of this exotic fruit is unusual and almost perfumed in nature.