Thursday, April 22, 2010

Feijoas for Isabelle.

 Isabelle in UK said she does not know what feijoas are. So here you are Isabelle.
They are fruit that grow very readily here in New Zealand. They also grow in California and Florida  (called guava pineapples or something there ) They start off like this.

If you look back 4 or 5 posts there is a photo of the inside, when cut in half.
Today I decided the feijoa supply was gaining on us so got out this.

I also looked on the net for other ideas then went to my own cookbook and finally ended up with this.

3 jars of feijoa and ginger jam and 2 walnut and feijoa loaves.
 ( while I was cooking the name Letia sprange to mind....The Vicar of Dibley... but luckily I don't keep fish paste in this house. I will give the taste verdict next post.


Thimbleanna said...

Very interesting! I've never heard of a feijoa either. I hope the jam is good -- most anything is, when it's combined with enough sugar! ;-)

notHamilton said...

Feijoa's are one of the things I miss the most about living in NZ, fits into that 'best things in life are free' line, with memories of sitting under a backyard feijoa bush. Feijoa vodka will get someone by abroad but it must have been 4 years since I've had a fresh one. Shame they won't get through customs, otherwise I could help you out with your abundance of deliciousness...

kiwicarole said...

These are my most favorite fruit! I've got 7 trees planted, no fruit this year, they were loaded last year. Bashed around by the wind this time, grrrr. Can't win.
Do you dehydrate them? My friend does this and they make mighty yummy snacks for later in the year!
Carole :)

keewee said...

I miss feijoas. I have never seen any in the supermarket over here.

Meggie said...

I always felt Feijoas taste rather like fruit salad.
We never see them in the shops here, they don't travel well, I guess, & possibly dont keep either, as I seem to remember once the were ripe they were best eaten sooner rather than later.
On my last travels round the Nth Is with my brother someone gave us a huge bag of Feijoas. Travelling in the hot vehicle did not keep them well, and I have the feeling we 'forgot' them in some motel along the way.

Ali Honey said...

Yes Meggie, you are right - they don't keep for long. They keep better if picked from the bush rather than let drop. If you just gently touch them the ready ones will come away in one's hand.

notHamilton said...

Never had a problem with them not keeping for long. Probably because I ate them as soon as they were ripe enough to!