Flavour descriptions for the fruit of Ugni molinae range from “tastes of wild strawberries” to “mildly spicy-guava like”.
I would have liked to have tried it more than once, as I suspect flavours vary for reasons such as the genes of the individual plant, environment, and ripeness. I appreciated the taste when I did try it, but I wasn’t in agreement with Queen Victoria, for whom it apparently became a favourite fruit. The Plants for a Future database extols its virtues as well: Ugni molinae.
Chilean guava or strawberry myrtle is native to the temperate rainforests of central and southern Chile and adjacent Argentina. It is a small evergreen shrub to 1-2m (3-6ft.) in height. Plants flower prolifically, as you can imagine by the number of fruits in today’s photograph.