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 (fā-zhô′ə, -jō′-, -hō′-)
An evergreen shrub (Acca sellowiana syn. Feijoa sellowiana) native to South America and cultivated as an ornamental and for its sweet, tart fruit. Also called pineapple guava.

[New Latin Feijoa, former genus name, after João da Silva Feijó (1760-1824), Brazilian soldier and naturalist.]


1. (Botany) an evergreen myrtaceous shrub, Feijoa sellowiana, of South America
2. (Botany) the fruit of this shrub
[C19: from New Latin, named after J. da Silva Feijo, 19th-century Spanish botanist]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.feijoa - South American shrub having edible greenish plumlike fruit
pineapple guava, feijoa - dark-green kiwi-sized tropical fruit with white flesh; used chiefly for jellies and preserves
genus Feijoa - small South American shrubs or trees
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
2.feijoa - dark-green kiwi-sized tropical fruit with white flesh; used chiefly for jellies and preserves
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
feijoa, feijoa bush - South American shrub having edible greenish plumlike fruit
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Cherimoyas, feijoas, baby bananas, blueberries and grapes are just some of the fresh produce exports from countries like Chile and Argentina with a growing fan base in the United States.
These include coquito nuts, which resemble small coconuts; oca, a slightly acidic tuber; feijoas, a fruit that tastes like a cross between a pineapple and spearmint; and many types of beans.
Grandma used to bottle fruit, apples, feijoas, peaches.
Fruit: fresh Medjool and barhi dates, feijoas, sapotes, Brown Turkey figs, Morello cherries, passion fruit, White Champagne Babcock and Arkansas Red Indian peaches.
People who associate the South Island's West Coast with bleak, wet weather, obviously haven't been to Karamea, where a micro-climate produces minimal frosts, and mild temperatures pretty much all year round -- ideal for growing and harvesting crops such as tamarillos, feijoas, and passion fruit.
Whirl 1 cup pulp scooped from center of 9 or 10 feijoas with 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice until smoothly pureed.
Nelms sees a demand for such exotics as kumquats, ugli fruit, cactus pears, feijoas, star fruit, Japanese honey mushrooms and baby squash.
With good reason: feijoas are commercially produced pineapple guavas, marketed under a word taken from their botanical name: Feijoa sellowiana.
Feijoa [Acca sellowiana (Berg) Burret, family Myrtaceae--synonym Feijoa sellowiana] is native to the Brazilian Southern plateau and Uruguay (MATTOS, 1990).
In southern Brazil, the feijoa plant blossoms between October and January (DUCROQUET; HICKEL, 1991) and petal taste changes according to the different stages of anthesis (SAZIMA; SAZIMA, 2007).