A category of blog posts where rare, niche, underappreciated, and more exotic fruits and vegetables are explored in detail
- Category: Eclectic Edibles
Welcome to my new blog article series Eclectic Edibles, where we take a deep dive into the delights of the not-so-common fruits and vegetables, that we think everyone should absolutely try or at least be aware of.
Today's underappreciated niche fruit is the feijoa, also known as pineapple guava, or Acca sellowiana. This South American native is, in my opinion, a horticultural delight and testament to nature's creativity, and the fruit itself can be quite an adventure of different flavors. It's also been, in our experience, a pleasure to grow with few pest or disease issues so far, and with multiple varieties growing and producing good quality fruit regularly in our greenhouse, with only a bit of protection from our cold USDA Zone 6B winters.
If you enjoy strawberry, kiwi, or pineapple, I think you would probably enjoy this fruit. There are so many reasons to grow it ornamentally, that I'm just flabbergasted that they are not more commonly grown and widely known. I'd wager with appropriate public outreach, that almost anywhere crepe myrtles are planted and do well without dying back, people would probably find more reason to plant this (in my opinion) more beautiful, useful, and productive Myrtaceae member!