MYRTACEAE, The Myrtle family
Chilean Guava is a pretty evergreen shrub that grows 3 to 6 feet wide. The small, dark green leaves are reddish when they unfurl. The tasty little striped berries smell of strawberry- banana with a hint of pine, quite tropical. They are about the size of a blueberry, so it would take a bunch to make jam, but I imagine it would be quite a treat. At work we are selling it alongside the dwarf pomegranates and other unusual but hardy fruits, though it’s only hardy in zones 8 or 9 to 11. It’s related to the true guava, Psidium and Pineapple guava, Feijoa.