Five fruits you might not have thought of growing

These small, egg-shaped fruits have a sweet, aromatic flesh with a flavour that hints of pineapple and mint. They grow on a very attractive small-leafed shrub which produces lots of pretty red flowers in summer. It’s very bushy and makes an excellent screen which can be easily maintained at 2–3m tall.

It’s hard to find a more interesting fruit, commonly called ‘star fruit’ because of its pale-yellow, star-shaped slices, which look great on a fruit platter. They have a lovely crisp texture with a pleasant mix of sweet and sour flavours.

If you like raspberries and blackberries, but can’t decide on which you prefer, then try a loganberry – it’s a cross between the two! The plant itself is very tough and will start cropping in its second season with minimum attention.

A fully ripened guava straight from the tree is simply delicious, and what you can’t eat fresh goes well in jams and preserves. It’s a good shade tree for small spaces or you can keep it trimmed to form an edible hedge or screen.

Once a popular delicacy, quinces are making a big comeback, especially among foodie fanatics. It’s rarely eaten raw because it can be quite sharp and sour, but cooking takes all of that away leaving a deliciously fragrant fruit for adding to dessert pies, tarts, jams and jellies as well as many savoury dishes.

Did you know that with good planning you can eat fruit from your backyard all year? Pick up the April issue where we’ve put together a handy chart of different fruits and their fruiting times to help you plan a rolling harvest.