I decided to write about Feijoas.
The fruit matures in the autumn, they are not ready yet, but it won’t be long, last year I made chutney it was very nice so I thought I would share a little about this fruit, give you the recipe I used, and show you some photos I took last season.
The feijoa is an evergreen, perennial shrub.
The fruit is green, as you can see by the photo above.
They are oval shaped.
Have a sweet, aromatic flavor. The flesh is juicy.
We have three trees and everyone has a different flavor, and different sized fruit, there is one tree I prefer more that the others as it has a much sweeter taste.
The fruit drops when ripe, but I pick it from the tree before it is quite ripe to prevent bruising.
The fruit has a distinctive smell, which I like very much, there is no other smell like it.
Here’s the recipe
- 1.5 kg feijoas, peeled and chopped,
- 1 kg onions, peeled and finely diced,
- ½ cup crystallized ginger, diced,
- 2 cups currants,
- 2 cups brown sugar,
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice,
- 3 teaspoons curry powder,
- 1 litre cider vinegar.
- In a large pan combine all ingredients, stir to the boil
- On the lowest heat, simmer until thick
- Pour into sterilized jars and seal once cool.
Here’s another quick recipe below for Feijoa jam cooked in the Microwave.
Feijoa and Ginger Jam (microwave)
500g peeled feijoas,
Juice of one lemon,
3 tablespoons freshly grated ginger,
½ cup water
- Chop the peeled feijoas. Place in a food processor and pulp well
- Place pulped feijoas in a very large glass bowl with the sugar, lemon juice, fresh grated ginger, and water.
- Microwave on high for 5 minutes, then stir
- Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring once, then pour into jars and seal.
I have made this often it has been very successful.
I have been asked in the comments what the inside of a feijoa looks like?
Hope you enjoy the fruit if you ever find some.
Other ways of using Feijoas
You usually eat the feijoa by cutting it in half, then scooping it out the pulp with a spoon, you can also peel the skin off if they are not too ripe and eat it that way.
I have seen some eat them with the skin still on, just remove the top and bottom of the fruit.
You can stew Feijos but don’t over cook them, serve with vanilla ice-cream or whipped cream.
I have also made Feijoas Muffins – Very nice
Do you grow Feijoas?
If not have you eaten them?
Do you like them?