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Feijoa

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Feijoa flowers are made up mostly of bright red stamens.
Family Myrtaceae
Name Acca sellowiana
Common Names Feijoa, Pineapple guava

  See also:  Food plants, Trees & shrubs, Culture / Germination

Feijoa is a very popular fruit for the home garden, and with its red pohutukawa-like flowers, many people have come to think that it is a New Zealand native plant. It, in fact, comes from South America, but we shall adopt it as an honarary NZ native!

The flowers appear in late spring / early summer and are followed by oval shapped fruits that ripen in autumn / winter. The showy part of the flower is made up of bright red stamens, much like a Pohutukawa, and it is in fact related to the pohutukawa, both belonging to the myrtle family (Myrtaceae). Birds eat the fleshy edible petals and pollinate the flower. Most feijoa varieties require cross pollination in order to set fruit. Even self fertile varieties still require pollen to be transferred (from the same variety) to set fruit.

Seedling grown feijoa plants will not produce fruit that is the same as their parents. In fact, the seedlings are quite variable, and in most cases only one in 1000 seedlings are worth keeping. If grown for fruit, it is best to grow one of the named varieties.

The following table lists some of the varieties that are available in New Zealand. This list is by no means exhaustive.

Variety Season Description
Apollo Mid Self fertile, very large fruit.
Den's Choice Mid Medium to large fruit, very sweet.
Gemini Early Small to medium fruit, slightly gritty, acid flavour.
Kakapo Mid Medium fruit, very juicy.
Mammoth Mid to late Medium fruit, good flavour, gritty.
Opal Star Late Medium fruit, acid flavour.
Pounamu Early Medium fruit, very sweet.
Triumph Late Medium fruit, slightly gritty.
Unique Early Self fertile, medium fruit, very juicy, acid flavour.
Wiki Tu Late Large fruit, sometimes empty.


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