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Oct 18

Feijoas The Specialty Fruit Beyond Guava And Quince

There are many things to love about living in New Zealand, one being the lovely climate that is also perfect for growing specialty fruits such as the delectable feijoa. But while it is common to find a feijoa tree growing in the backyards of many New Zealanders, this unassuming-looking fruit is unknown to much of the world. However, with the world becoming more and more of a global marketplace, the delights of feijoas are becoming more widespread.

When and How Do You Eat a Feijoas?

Ripening and Storing Feijoas

Because feijoas do not change in appearance as they ripen, it can be difficult to determine when a fruit is overripe. They are best when fragrant and yield to gentle pressure. They don’t last long, but can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. If you have some feijoas and want to speed up the ripening process, place them in a paper bag at room temperature. Adding an apple to the bag speeds up the process even further. The season for feijoas in New Zealand generally lasts from April through June.

Eating Feijoas With Manners…and Without

The most common way to eat feijoas is to simply cut one in half widthwise, and eat the fruit by scooping it out with a spoon. The less patient (or perhaps more barbarous) eaters simply tear off one end and suck the fruit out, no spoon required. Others like to peel feijoas with a vegetable peeler and then pop the remaining fruit in their mouth. Finally, the most adventurous fans will eat entire feijoas, skin and all. (For some, the bitterness of the skin makes this an unacceptable option).

Cooking With Feijoas

Of course, feijoas can be happily added to fruit salads. Pureed, they can be added to juices, ice cream, ices, puddings, jellies, jams and sauces for either desserts or roasted meats. They make a great topping for pancakes, waffles and French toast. The uses of feijoas is only limited by your imagination and love for this versatile fruit.

As an enthusiastic adopter of feijoas, New Zealand has come to be associated with this little green fruit. So when the season for feijoas comes around, indulge in them to your heart’s desire, and feel sorry for the rest of the world that is sadly ignorant of this flavorful gem.

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