Chilean Guava Plants
FRUIT-CHILG-1-3Regular price $9.50
Chilean Guava is a fragrant, evergreen shrub. WE think of it as an edible alternative to Buxus, as it looks amazing topiarised in a large pot, or as a low maintenance hedge. The delicious berries are a later season treat - arriving in autumn as the other fruit trees enter dormancy. You won't find Chilean Guava in the shops, so you'll need to plant one to try it!
Urban Bounty Chilean Guava seedlings come in a 1.5L pot.
What is Chilean Guava (New Zealand Cranberry, Tazziberry)?
Chilean Guava (Myrtus ugni) works a treat in a coastal or tropical-style garden. It has an intoxicating Strawberry-like smell, making it a great option for a scented garden too. A low maintenance plant, Chilean Guava are ideal candidates for patio pots, an edible hedge, or even topiary. Unpruned, this easy care plant grows to about one metre high and wide, producing fruit in autumn.
As its name suggests, Chilean Guava comes from Chile and surrounding countries. It is a small, evergreen shrub with beautiful waxy green leaves, beautiful pale pink flowers, and small red-pink fruit. (The leaves occasionally reveal a flush or red or purple too.)
Culinary Uses for Chilean Guava (New Zealand Cranberries, Tazziberry)
Chilean Guava are delicious raw, or cooked. Ripening in late autumn, these grazeable treats are a natural sweet treat, just when the rest of your fruit trees are waning. Eat them raw off the bush - they will deliver a taste sensation all of their own. The flavour of Chilean Guava is sometimes compared to a mix of Kiwifruit, Strawberry and tangy Sherbet, all in one!
Chilean Guava are a good substitute for Cranberries and Blueberries. Try them sprinkled over your morning muesli, in fruit salad, or baked into muffins. These berries are also ideal for jams and jellies (rumoured to be Queen Victoria's favourite). If you are a fan of south American cuisine, try using them in murta con membrillo, a popular Chilean dessert which combines Quince and Chilean Guava. Chilean Guava jus is also a good accompaniment for many meat dishes.
The flavour of Chilean Guava develops slightly after they deepen in colour (in autumn). Leave them on the tree just a little longer than you think, and try a few before you pick the rest to be sure they are ripe. Once picked, Chilean guavas can be stored in the fridge. They are also good for drying.
Growing Conditions - Chilean Guava (New Zealand Cranberries, Tazziberry)
Plant Chilean Guava any time of year, taking care to water regularly if planting during a hot or dry period. It is self-fertile, so you only need one plant, while two will produce plenty for a family. (Fruit develops three years after planting.) If planting as a hedge, plant your trees a full stride apart. Companion plant Chilean Guava with Garlic, Borage, Dill, Chives, or Nasturtium
Chilean Guava is generally an easy-care plant. It thrives in a sunny, sheltered spot and is somewhat wind and salt tolerant. Although it prefers rich free draining soil, it can be grown in clay or sandy soil, provided it is kept consistently moist. (Mulch around the drip line of the tree to prevent soil from drying out.) Container-grown Chilean Guava need regular feeding and watering, good drainage and a sprinkling of blood and bone in the spring.
Prune after fruiting to encourage your Chilean Guava to bush out, or clip regularly for a hedge of topiary shape.
What type of climate do Chilean Guava prefer?
Chilean Guava is somewhat frost tolerant, but doesn't generally like cold weather. If you live in a cooler part of New Zealand, plant in pots and move to a warm, sheltered position over winter. Plant any time of the year in warmer areas.