All about Feijoas

feijoas

Daily Post Write Anything Wednesday, February 17 2016

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.

Feijoa Chutney

Here’s the recipe

Feijoa Chutney

  1. 1.5 kg feijoas, peeled and chopped,
  2. 1 kg onions, peeled and finely diced,
  3. ½ cup crystallized ginger, diced,
  4. 2 cups currants,
  5. 2 cups brown sugar,
  6. 1 teaspoon mixed spice,
  7. 3 teaspoons curry powder,
  8. 1 litre cider vinegar.
  9. Method:
  10. In a large pan combine all ingredients, stir to the boil
  11. On the lowest heat, simmer until thick
  12. Pour into sterilized jars and seal once cool.Feijoa Chutney bottled

    Here’s another quick recipe below for Feijoa jam cooked in the Microwave.

    Feijoa and Ginger Jam (microwave)

    500g peeled feijoas,

    500g sugar,

    Juice of one lemon,

    3 tablespoons freshly grated ginger,

    ½ cup water

    Method:

    1. Chop the peeled feijoas.  Place in a food processor and pulp well
    2. Place pulped feijoas in a very large glass bowl with the sugar, lemon juice, fresh grated ginger, and water.
    3. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, then stir
    4. 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.Cut Feijoa

    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?

26 thoughts on “All about Feijoas

    • No, they are nothing like a pear.
      It has a sweet, aromatic flavor, which tastes like pineapple, apple and mint. The flesh is juicy and is divided into a clear, gelatinous seed pulp and a firmer, slightly granular, opaque flesh nearer the skin.
      When I wrote this I never realised that it wasn’t a well-known fruit around the world.
      It is everywhere in New Zealand in med autumn. If I could I would send you some so you can taste it.
      I think you would like them.

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      • That’s a great idea, only the fruit most likely will not be ripe for another two months. But you never know some other part of New Zealand, it could be ready, the area I live in is a bit later than other parts, like the top of the North Island.
        Hope your Chilliwack buddy likes the bad weather that’s coming in at the moment, could be a lot of rain.
        Cheers!

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    • I have tried to explain what they are like in the comment above.
      They definitely have a taste of there own there is nothing like them that I could explain the taste of them. I’m sure you would enjoy them.
      Hope you find some some one day.

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      • I know you have explained.. But it seems like having different tastes altogether and just want to know which taste resembles the most. Anyway, thanks for sharing.

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