My kitchen counter is filled with slightly unusual fruit this morning. While persimmons and Meyer lemons are common and popular here, they aren’t as familiar or easy to come by in other parts of the country. I had never even heard of a Pineapple Guava, also known as Feijoa, before we bought this house and noticed the egg-shaped fruit dropping like crazy from the two large tree-like shrubs bordering our courtyard. I have a feeling that many of you haven’t heard of or tasted a pineapple guava either. You should, they’re delicious! The persimmons aren’t actually from my yard – my cousin Cristin has a tree and delivered a bag full of them. I just thought I’d highlight some of what’s currently ripening in the backyards of Central Californians right now.
We’ve been living in this house for close to 10 months now and we have really enjoyed seeing what surprises our mature backyard has to offer with each new season. In the early spring, we had two big patches of Lady Jane tulips pop up followed by a surprise (huge) lilac that had been somewhat hidden behind and inside a huge Myrtle. Continue reading →