Salam to all,
The Feijoa (Feijoa sellowiana, synonym Acca sellowiana), also known as Pineapple Guava or Guavasteen, is an evergreen shrub or small tree, 1-7 m in height. It comes from the highlands of southern Brazil, parts of Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay and northern Argentina. They are also grown throughout New Zealand.
Description of fruit and plant
The fruit matures in autumn and is green, chicken-egg-sized, and ellipsoid-shaped. It has a sweet, aromatic flavour. The flesh is juicy. The fruit drops when ripe, but can be picked from the tree before to prevent bruising. Feijoa fruit have a distinctive smell. The ester methyl benzoate smells strongly of feijoas and the aroma of the fruit is caused mostly by this and other closely related esters.
Source : Wikipedia
This is how it's eaten.....cut into half and scoop it with a spoon. You can see the tiny seeds and the 'jelly' like centre, this indicate the fruit is ripe. The seed has the same texture like a guava.
When hb first introduced this fruit to me, I really didnt like it. The smell was kinda strong when I first had it. It was as if I was eating perfume. Texture wise reminds me of the pink guava and they taste sweet and sourish at the same time. I sort of can accept the fruit right now but am not really a big fan of it. I know to choose the ones that has just ripen as these ones doesnt smell too 'perfumey' hehehez and the texture is just right for me too. The overly ripen ones.....are good for baking. Just like bananas....the riper they are the better they will be for baking.
The fruit trees.
These trees are located just beside my neighbour's house it belongs to them of course. We were told to help ourselves to the fruits bcos feijoas have a short season and doesnt have long shelf life. Once matured, they will fall off the trees or u can pick them from the trees if u think they are ripe. Once picked they will last abt a week in a fruit basket. It's in season right now and cost abt $8 a kg at the supermarkets and abt $6 a kg at the fruit shops.
Sometimes hb's work mates will share bags of feijoas with us. They are yummy when baked into cupcakes, cakes, crumbles or muffins. I usually used a banana cake/muffin recipe and substitute the bananas with feijoas. They are yummy as fruit juice and chutneys too. Most kiwi's home have these fruit trees in their garden.
Have a great weekend.....TTFN ;)