Monday, 18 April 2011

A What???

What on earth is a feijoa?...
... That is what I would have said 5 years ago. 

I now know that they are an amazingly fresh tasting fruit that is also known as the pineapple guava or a guavasteen. The fruit is prone to bruising so it doesn't transport well and as a result is rarely found in Europe.

I'm really excited because we have a hedge of feijoa bushes in the garden and it is laden with fruit! 

I know that these are great eaten raw and can be used to make a mean apple and feijoa crumble, but does anybody have any other suggestions for what you can do with these yummy fruit? We got our first fruit from it today but I can see that we are going to be giving these little beauties away by the barrelful pretty soon if we don’t come up with some good recipes.

I am loving our garden. First we had gooseberries, then figs, then grapes, then passionfruit and now feijoa. The sad thing is that the feijoas mark the end of the fruit season for our garden for this year, but the exciting thing is that next year we will hopefully also have harvests of blackcurrants, redcurrants and raspberries... YUM!


The vegetable season continues. We are getting towards the end of our bean crop, but the peas are just about ready and we still have a plentiful supply of already harvested potatoes, red onions and white onions.

The other day we were trying to work out why our groceries bill seems to have shrunk recently, but there can be no doubt that the plentiful supply of vegetables from the garden must be a large part of the reason. Spinach, cauliflower and carrots are all growing nicely, although I don't think that any of the carrots will make it into our dinner. Rascal is just loving eating these little beauties straight from the garden and who are we to discourage this!

7 comments:

  1. oh Im glad you have found the wonderful fruit also knowen as NZ's easter egg :)
    As they are usually in season around easter.

    here are a few. last year we made a loak, cake and sorbet. I saw a chicken recipe the other day that looked so good. Might have to try it later this week.

    Cake:
    http://recipefinder.msn.co.nz/recipes/taste/826674/feijoa-cake-with-crumble-topping

    Muffins:
    http://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/feijoa-muffins-with-crunchy-topping.html

    Loaf:
    http://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/feijoa-loaf-2.html

    and the chicken one:
    http://biglittletales.blogspot.com/2011/04/feijoa-plum-chicken.html

    Enjoy :)

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  2. Oooh thanks for the recipe links, I will definitely try some of them... watch this space :-)

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  3. ohhhh we love feijoas in this house and have 10 trees on the property!
    Basically any recipe that calls for apple can be substituted with feijoa.
    Also freeze some pulp :) and then there is cider and wine :)
    Yes we too have noticed a remarkable difference in our grocery bill between the garden, and making our own cleaners.

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  4. okay just so you know I LOVE feijoas!!! :o)

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  5. I would have to say the same as the previous comment - it makes great wine! My mother in law used to make great wine from fejoas.

    Great to see all the wonderful surplus of fruit and vege that you are enjoying :)

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  6. hat's a new one on me too! It looks like a cucumber from the photo, but obviously isn't. You've got some lovely sounding fruit - raspberries and blackcurrants are two of my favourites :) Some of Mumma2s recipes sound lovely - have fun experimenting :)

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  7. sounds lovely. It is so nice discovering local fruit and veg abroad, I love it when I go to India and some fruits there you cannot get back home.

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