Feijoas only enjoy a brief moment in the spotlight.
For 10 months of the year we can only dream about them, then in late autumn they fall from garden trees at such a pace we struggle to keep up.
Feijoas are typically at their prime the day they fall from the tree so be in quick. If buying from a store, a ripe feijoa will give slightly with gentle pressure (like a banana). Make sure you handle fruit gently though as they bruise easily.
Feijoas have a very short life span. Store them at room temperature if you intend to eat within the next few days otherwise refrigerate. Another option is to scoop the flesh into a sealed bag and freeze — they’re good for baking, juices and smoothies.
Feijoas are a great choice for bumping up your vitamin C and fibre intake.
The most common way to enjoy a feijoa is on its own — just cut and scoop the flesh out with a spoon. For those with a bountiful harvest, however, the good news is that this tropical tasting fruit is seriously versatile.
- Get preserving! Try your hand at feijoa jam, curd or chutney. Ginger and vanilla are great complementary flavours. You can leave the skin on, too, just remove any blemishes.
- Make a feijoa dressing by blending feijoa flesh, wholegrain mustard and brown sugar.
- Smoothies are a great start to the day. Whizz up feijoas with the flesh of an orange (or pulpy orange juice), crushed ice and a little honey.
- Make Feiijoa and apple crumble.
- Marinate chicken in a feijoa marinade of mashed feijoa, fresh mint, crushed ginger, garlic and seasoning.
- Bake a feijoa cake. Take your favourite banana cake recipe and substitute half of the banana for feijoa — easy.
Did you know? That distinctive feijoa aroma is due to a naturally-occurring compound called methyl benzoate, which is used in perfumes.
Fact: In many parts of the world a feijoa is called a pineapple guava.
Article sources and references
- Sivakumaran S et al. 2012. The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 9th ed. Palmerston North: The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited and Ministry of Healthhttps://www.foodcomposition.co.nz/downloads/concise-9-edition.pdf