Does anybody know what these are?

Does anybody know what these are?

Feijoa

FeijoaWe went to our first Christmas market of the year yesterday. We stumbled across these funny looking fruits. It’s very unusual for me not to have seen something before, let alone not even have heard of it.

It is commonly know as a Feijoa. It is originally from Southern Brazil, but more wildly grown in New Zealand now. It is about the size of an egg. You just peel the skin off and eat the centre. It smells of pineapple with a minty freshness to it also. Does anyone know what else you can do with them?

10 Comments

  1. Oh, yeah…. very similar to guava, but a different type of fruit, same family, I am almost sure.

    I give you one suggestion for a very nice salad using this delicacy

    http://www.inspirededibles.ca/2014/11/warm-sauteed-spinach-with-blueberries-feijoa-in-a-balsamic-beurre-blanc.html

  2. We had heaps of them growing in our garden in New Zealand. They’re okay but not my favourite thing. I’ve made a feijoa and apple crumble and a cake with feijoas and jam.

    • Dave Crichton

      Hi Maureen, I knew someone would have a tree in their garden. I’ve enjoyed them more because of the novelty. There’s much better fruit around.

  3. A minty pineapple fruit??? Wow!!!! I have never seen anything quite like it – I am so intrigued!

  4. In Hawaii they make deserts with them, although I’m not sure if they use guavas or these feijoas and how similar these fruits are. I had a delicious desert using guavas at Roy’s. I like eating them by themselves with a spoon.

  5. pat parfitt

    What do they taste like Dave?

    • Dave Crichton

      A slightly under ripe pineapple us the best description I can give, Pat. I’ll leave some with Dan, next time I find them.

  6. They look like guavas but I guess they not. By the way you’re describing them, I guess you can do what we do with guavas: jams, jellies, crumbles, chutneys.
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with, Dave.

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