This green, elliptical fruit ripens in the fall. It is about the size of a chicken egg and boasts a fragrance akin to a fine perfume. If you have these in your house, you will notice their beautiful aroma getting stronger as the fruit becomes more ripe. For that reason, the pulp of pineapple guava, or feijoa, is often included in cosmetic products like facial scrubs.
Pineapple guava has a green skin and is commonly referred to as feijoa. The flesh inside is a creamy whitish color and is very juicy, carrying flavors of pineapple, apple, mint, and banana. Pineapple guava is great when eaten raw.
If your fruit is on the smaller side, even the skin is edible. As the fruit gets bigger, the skin becomes thicker and harder to eat. In this case, you simply cut the fruit in half and scoop out the insides with a spoon and eat it! Or toss it into the blender for a wonderful smoothie. You can also peel the fruit and chop it to whatever size you'd like, adding it to yogurt, cereal, ice cream, or fruit salads.
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Pineapple guava, Feijoa sellowiana, or guavasteen fruit grows on an evergreen shrub that grows 12-15 feet tall and wide and loves a mild, dry climate. The pineapple guava tree is native to the highlands of southern Brazil, parts of Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay and northern Argentina.
These evergreen shrubs have long been used in ornamental gardening because they provide a beautiful green color all year around, but when their pink flowers come out, they are truly spectacular. Their flowers are edible and can be used as a garnish for salads or in beverages or to make jelly. They are also a great attractant of bees and birds to your garden.
The fruit is green, about 3/4 inches to 3.5 inches tall and resembles a pineapple or elongated pear in shape and has a crown. Once cut open, the flesh is a creamy whitish color and very juicy, much like a cherimoya and has a sweet tropical flavor resembling banana, pineapple and even mint.
The pineapple guava tree is native to the highlands of southern Brazil, parts of Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay and northern Argentina.
Pineapple guava loves a warm climate that doesn't drop below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. In the U.Ss you will find them in California, Texas, the Pacific Northwest, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Pineapple guava season can vary depending on the region in which they are grown, but they are considered an autumn fruit. In California, the pineapple guava season runs from September to January.
Whether a pineapple guava is certified organic or not will depend on the farm where it was grown. At FruitStand, we partner with family and specialty farms for exceptional quality of produce. When each harvest is available, we'll tell you whether the fruit is considered organic or conventional.