This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
A cool house will suit it in winter, where many degrees of frost would not enter, and any house not kept hot will do for it in summer. The Guava is easily managed. If frost is excluded, both plants will do well in a peach house or a vinery where there has not been much artificial heat.
The report of the meeting, in the Cottage Gardener, says: "Mr. Turner brought a dish of the fruit of Eugenia ugni, grown at Slough, in the open air. They were the size and shape of the berries of the Hawthorn, and pretty much the same color, but perfectly ripe. The taste is that of the Black Currant flavored with allspice, and without its prevailing acid, being, in fact, rather sweet. This fruit is certainly very agreeable to taste, but we do not think it is one which can be eaten to any extent, or which will establish itself as a recognized fruit in this country. It wants succulence, as its substance is rather dry. When novelty has passed, and other subjects have engrossed public attention, Eugenia ugni, as a fruit-bearing shrub, will, in our opinion, retire to enjoy a quiet respectability among other half-hardy exotics. Should it be otherwise, the taste of the fruit-eating portion of society must materially alter." [This statement has, we see, brought out dissenting remarks, Borne declaring the fruit exhibited was not ripe. - Ed].