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Feijoas for cooler places

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Mark O'Connor starts with ...
I have been experimenting with Feijoa varieties in Canberra, at 600 metres altitude -- a typical high-country/NSW Tablelands climate. Late-fruiting varieties are unsuitable here, since the trees pretty much go to sleep for winter. Of the 7 varieties available in Australia, Unique and Large Oval are well suited, and equally early. (Daley's description of Large Oval does not mention that it fruits early. And that it can be eaten skin and all. It is probably the best variety for cool climates.)

Surprisingly I get excellent results from Mammoth, said to be a mid to late season fruiter. The trick is to thin the fruit, since Mammoth commonly sets 3 or even 4 fruits per twig. Pruned back to one per twig they are not nearly such a late bearer. The same trick might work for other late-fruiting varieties like Duffy, Triumph, and Apollo.
New Zealanders think Australians are very odd in not treating feijoas as a major fruit tree. Only two nurseries (Daleys, and Perry's in S.A.) seem to regularly graft them, and Daley's has twice as many varieties as Perry's. I think we should be very grateful to Daleys for making them available in Australia. At the same time, it would be nice to see some of the improved New Zealand varieties like Anatoki, Pounamu, Waitui, Tagan 1, and the super-early Kaiteri added to their list.

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Jason says...
New Zealanders are more adaptive to change than Australian's they always have been. Also most of Australia's fruit is grown in hotter/warmer climates than NZ so they aren't interested in the more tart and imho better flavoured fruits, at least from a temperate persons taste.

I don't have any special varieties of Feijoa, just a few seedlings I've grown from better fruit I've found while walking around. Only one has fruited so far.
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gus says...
I honestly believe that very few people have even heard of feijoas. I had never heard of them until a couple of years ago and am now completely hooked. They are truly exquisite. My two trees have produced a few fruit but I think the hot perth sun cooks them from the inside out. They are often black and rotten in the centre, but even a bad feijoa is good. I think a cool autumn really helps to jelly up the centre. When I first met my first feijoa it reminded me of something you would find in an exclusive Japanese orchard selling for $1000 a kilo that only produce fruit once every 30 years. Can't believe this isn't a main stream fruit all over the world as it grows like a weed and has such a complex wonderful flavour.
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Dave says...
Mark, I grow most of the ones you mentioned from Australia plus a couple more. I also have some from seed but none of these have fruited as yet. Next door to us is a Feijoa planting of about 100 trees (scrubs) with all these varieties planted out.
I have posted before about the virtues of Feijoa and how they are overlooked by the average joe. With Feijoa season just coming on now here we are excited. The tart zingy taste of the outer complemented with the sweet jelly centre is an amazing flavour, there is quite a complexity to some varieties that satisfy my tastebuds.
We are about to try a new variety this year "White Goose" i'll let you know how it goes. By the way you can eat the whole thing skin and all if you are brave, my 6 year old son does this but then again he eats half lemons without squinting!
On a side note, my Fino Cherimoya set fruit for the first time, can't wait.
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Jason says...
Well feijoa is a bit junk compared to fino! But pretty good the rest of the time. I've always eaten them with the skin is that not normal ?

I see people around that are scared of kiwi fruit skin though, weirdos...
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VF says...
I've tried the skin before - it may be edible, but I can't say it's particularly palatable though! :P There is apparently an NZ variety that has softer,sweeter skin, so you eat fruit skin and all.

Re Kiwi-fruit skin, I have a close friend who eats them skin and all - she's with you Jason, and thinks those who don't are strange....I think pass, fuzzy rough skin doesn't do it for me.
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Jason says...
Well you eat Guava with the skin right and Feijoa is the same thing so I figure that's how it's supposed to be. My wife never used to eat Kiwi with the skin but I've got her trained now!: ) so you can recover from this disorder. It's not too late.
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VF says...
If you like them no harm done - probably heaps of nutrition in them. I've found them to have a slight bitter and 'green' taste.

Disorder?? Hahahaha :)
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John Mc says...
VF, try a Kiwi Berry, they're like a hairless grape sized kiwi fruit, nice. You have to eat the skin, like a grape, but it's thin, soft and pleasant.
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VF says...
They sound a lot more pleasant, John Mc!
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mgb says...
Hi Dave - I am really interested in getting hold of some different varieties of feijoa. can you give me the heads up of where to get them. thanks
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Tommoz says...
Seeking White Goose feijoa in Sydney.
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Helen canberra says...
I am living in Canberra and is looking to buy few Feijoa trees. Can someone please recommend a nursery. Thanks
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MarkOConnor1 says...
Hi Helen. Canberra nurseries sell only seedlings. I recommend grafted varieties, not too late bearing. Best in order for Canberra might be: White Goose, Apollo, Unique, Large Oval, Triumph. Daleys are almost the only source, and they deliver to Canberra addresses. None in stock at present, but you could pre-order for later in the year. Or, a I know of a few small ones available at present in Canberra - phone 6247 3341.
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