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Can anyone identify this fruit? Its ripening now, which is early autumn here in New Zealand.

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  • what size is the fruit and the tree?
    – kevinskio
    Apr 22, 2016 at 9:56

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Based on the way the fruit is clustered, and similarly the way the leaves are clustered. I think what you have is Psidium cattleyanum. Common names include: Cattley guava, strawberry guava, and cherry guava.

There's a similar type, Ugni molinae (chiliean quava), but I think the fruits look more like cherries as they have longer stems.

Strawberry guava fruit are edible (including the skin), though I think they're most commonly used for jellies/jams rather than eating plain. Here are some pictures I found for comparison (click them for more).

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  • that's the one! very nice :) Apr 23, 2016 at 1:35
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That looks a lot like mangosteen, though it would be easier to be sure if it was peeled rather than sliced.

Never had decent ones in the USA; it's a very unique flavor.

Edit based on comments: Marble-sized - yeah, probably not mangosteen. As for pomegranate, not nearly enough seeds, I'd think, though perhaps at that scale it's a reasonable number - never seen them that small, but I don't know how small they grow that simply don't show up in markets.

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  • think scale might be at issue here, just googled mangosteen, they seem quite big. The fruit in the picture are aout the size of marbles Apr 22, 2016 at 4:57
  • unripened pomegranate?
    – Viv
    Apr 22, 2016 at 5:44

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