Visit Our Location in Portland, OR
6469 SE 134th Ave
Portland, OR 97236
Between daylight savings and the atmospheric rivers, late fall in the PNW has been a wet and gloomy affair. Luckily for us, it coincides perfectly with the ripening time of one of our absolute favorite fruiting plants: pineapple guava! Commonly known as feijoas, these shockingly flavorful fruits are guaranteed to cure the autumnal blues. Thanks to a hot tip from a loyal customer who has also caught pineapple guava fever, we had the opportunity to visit a U-Pick pineapple guava farm just outside of Portland. We were not aware of anyone growing them at this scale so it was a very exciting and dare we say, fruitful adventure. We were also lucky enough to acquire some recipes, which are featured below.
Pineapple Guava (Acca sellowiana), also called Feijoa, is native to southern Brazil, northern Argentina, western Paraguay and Uruguay, and was introduced in the US in the early 1900’s. It remains largely unknown here, due to its shorter shelf life, but this unique fruit is incredibly delicious and grows abundantly in many locations.
Vial Family Farms in Hillsboro, OR, just outside of Portland, is a family-run U-Pick farm that offers grape and pineapple guava picking in the fall. A huge hedge of about 115 pineapple guavas runs alongside the grape vines at their farm, and we filled our buckets with fruit! These trees have been growing for around 19 years and are highly productive. When ripe, usually sometime in November, the fruit will fall off the tree and can be picked up off the ground if not bruised. Fruits can be stored in a cool place and will keep for a few weeks.
We were lucky enough to meet someone else reveling in this sea of aroma and flavor who shared with us their family’s recipes for baking with feijoas. There’s nothing like fresh pineapple guavas to bake some tasty treats with!
Aside from their incredibly unique and tasty fruits, pineapple guavas are a beautiful evergreen shrub for the home garden. Functioning very well as a hedge or barrier, they require little summer water once established and won’t get much higher than 10-12 feet. The flowers are also stunningly beautiful and edible as well! Check out some of our new and restocked varieties below. A huge thanks to both the Vial Family as well as the kind people who shared these recipes!
For more information on care and maintenance, read our Pineapple Guava Growing Guide HERE.