Also called the Chilean guava, this is a small evergreen shrub from Chile resembling the myrtle to which it is related. Upright in habit it can get quite tall but will accept pruning happily enough. Although it does survive outside, mine will only fruit in our cold greenhouse, doing well in pots of any good compost which stand outside in the summer to facilitate pollination.
The small white bell like flowers are produced freely in through the summer with the fruit ripening in the autumn. These may only be the size of peas but are intensely fragrent and have a delicate strawberry like flavour, which make the little effort of producing and picking them well worthwhile. Eat raw or cooked or steep in cold water to make a very pleasant drink.
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