Monday, November 24, 2008

Surprising Fruit Find

I never thought I would be making a gardening post at the end of November. In fact, I'm still surprised about our finding. Ross was mowing on Saturday and getting the yard ready so they can get out there and smoke some turkeys on Thursday. All of the sudden, he came running to the door and yelled that I had to come and see something. I went to the porch and he was holding these tiny little green fruit in his hands. I immediately turned around and went to grab the camera - he has gotten use that that, LOL. Quite a few months ago, I blogged about our Pineapple Guava (Feijoa) bush and took pictures of it's beautiful blooms. Well since Fall arrived and everything is pretty dried up and dead looking, we really haven't ventured to that part of our yard in awhile. Surprise, Surprise. Those exotic blooms turned into fruit. I did some research online and I found that the fruit ripens late Fall and when it's ripe it falls to the ground. You could smell such a wonderful tropical aroma just picking them up. We grabbed a bucket and collected quite a few. I found out that the fruit is only good for about 3-5 days after it falls. So we came inside and cut a few open. The smell only got better and the taste. WOW. You eat the clear jelly out of the center. It's a mixture between pineapple and guava and it has little seeds in it like a kiwi. It was fun trying something new and knowing that it came from our yard! We have a few jelly recipes saved to try next time - when we are actually prepared to collect fruit. Here is a wiki search in case you want to learn a little bit more about this plant and fruit.

5 comments:

Tammi said...

That's so cool, sounds really good! Are you still getting tomatoes too? Your doing something right! :)

Sandra MacLean said...

OMG Kim!! I just jumped up and down in my seat!! I lived on these in my youth in New Zealand, except we called them Feijoa (Fee-joe-ah). I absolutely loved them and I haven't had one since I was 10! We could never find them in Australia and I had no idea they went by another name. Thanks so much for the walk down memory lane!

Catherine said...

I miss these fruits, we have them in the Philippines but ours is a little bit bigger than yours and yes, it's oh so good :)

Jane said...

How cool! Never heard of that fruit though...lol
Now i wanna now if you're getting any tomatoes.

Cindy Karasz said...

how cool! they sound like they are delicious!