Feijoa Sellowiana - Pineapple Guava
The feijoa is native to extreme southern Brazil, northern Argentina, western Paraguay and Uruguay where it is common in the mountains.
The feijoa is a slow-growing evergreen shrub that can reach 4 - 5 meters high and 4 - 5 meters wide. Branches are swollen at the nodes and white-hairy when young. When planted close together, the shrubs make a nice hedge, screen, or windbreak.
The evergreen, leathery leaves of the feijoa are elliptical and range from 3 to 8 cm long, smooth soft green on top and silvery underneath.
The 3 cm showy, flowers are produced singly or in a cluster, have long, bright red stamens topped with large grains of yellow pollen. Flowers appear late, from May through June.
The flower petals are mildly sweet and edible and can make a refreshing addition to spring salads. Birds eating the petals pollinate the flower.
Feijoas prefer cool winters and moderate summers (25°C to 30° C) and are generally adapted to areas where temperatures stay above -10°C.
The flavor of the fruit is much better in cool than in warm regions.