The fabulous FEIJOA fruit

A lovely way to harness the flavour of the Feijoa is to make jelly (‘clear’ jam).

Feijoa jelly jam GET THE RECIPE HERE

The FEIJOA is in season now in New Zealand. The feijoa is not native to New Zealand, (it originated in South America), but it’s a fruit tree that almost everybody had growing in their backyard. Often grown to form a hedge, the hardy shrubs had the added bonus of bearing fruit! My husband does not like the taste of the feijoa fruit, he finds it too ‘perfumed’ in flavour. (Don’t let this put you off, I’m afraid he is out-numbered here!!) …if you are visiting New Zealand during this time, do take the opportunity to experience the flavour of this fabulous fruit. It’s a little bit like banana, pear (along with the same texture of a pear), and slightly lemony/pineapple. There are several varieties with the sizes of the fruit varying significantly. When you eat just the fresh fruit, don’t eat the skin, just cut the feijoa in half and scoop out the flesh.

The Feijoa fruitThe Feijoa tree

Unfortunately, feijoas don’t have a very long season, but if you take on of our Auckland tours during this time, we will have the fresh feijoa fruits available for you to sample! You will also be able to see the trees growing when we walk through the orchard on our sheep farm.