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Feijoa Madness

Feijoa fruits

We have a mature feijoa tree in our garden which bloomed beautiful, white, edible flowers through the summer and is now dropping fruits by the bucketload every day — and I’m not exaggerating. My mornings are spent gathering fallen feijoas, usually dozens scattered all over the ground. I’m surprised there are still any fruits left on the tree.

The feijoa (also known as pineapple guava or guavasteen) falls when ripe and is sweet-tart in flavor. It’s about the size of an egg and indeed feels like an Easter egg hunt each time I fish for feijoas hiding under our mulberry tree or in our succulent pots. My first bite reminded me of kiwi… somewhat gritty and sour, but the riper the fruit, the more tender and sweet the flesh becomes.

This is just from two days of harvesting dropped fruits!

Basket of feijoas

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »