Feijoa's are in abundance at the moment! Buying fruit and vegetables in season is the best way to ensure you are buying at a great price and the product is fresh and at it's best.
Here's a funny little excerpt i found online about how to eat a feijoa....'There are two ways to eat a feijoa. The first way, my way, I shall call the Lady Way. In the Lady Way, you cut your feijoa in half with a knife, then scoop out the flesh with a spoon and eat it. The second way, Frugal Man’s way, I shall call the Man Way. In the Man Way, you score the centre of the feijoa with your thumbnail, rip the fruit in half and then proceed to squeeze the flesh into your gaping maw, juice running down your beard. There may be howling and/or grunting. Howling is optional. Hosing off afterward is not'.
Interesting fact .... Feijoa fruit contains saponins, which are chemical compounds known as glycosides. Many saponins are thought to have anticancer properties and may lower cholesterol. Other foods that contain saponins are lentils, soy and alfalfa sprouts. Feijoa fruit is a good source of the secondary plant metabolites known as flavonoids. Flavonoids are known to play an important role in the prevention of cancer, by inhibiting the growth of tumors. They are also an ally in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
So i don't know about you, but i'm going to get eating the little suckers!
Here's a great recipe if you have an excess of feijoa's and want to get baking.....
Date and feijoa mini loaves
|2 cups||Pitted dates|
|1 cup||Orange juice|
|1 cup||Feijoa, peeled and diced|
|2||Eggs, lightly beaten|
|2 cups||Self raising flour|
- Preheat oven to 180 degC. Lightly grease an 8-hole mini loaf pan.
- Place dates, orange juice, sugar and butter into a saucepan.
- Bring to boil. Add feijoas and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Cool. Whisk in eggs then mix in flour.
- Spoon into prepared loaf pans.
- Bake for about 25 minutes until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean.
- Remove from pan and cool on a wired rack.