Harking from the beautiful green fields of southern Brazil, northern Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, and Paraguay, today this verdant fruit has a diverse growing area.
This tasty fruit can be found on the branches of a small shrub or tree that only grows to be about one to seven meters in height. It also goes by the name of pineapple guava or guavasteen. Although originally from South America, today it can also be found in Azerbaijan, Iran, Georgia, Russia, New Zealand, and Tasmania.
How Does It Taste?
This is one fruit that has an incredibly unique taste, especially for those outside of South America. Shaped like an egg with a thin skin the color of a lime, the flesh found within is cream-colored. At the center, you may be surprised to find a jelly-textured core. The texture of the flesh itself, on the other hand, is grittier and could be accurately compared to the pear. Flavor-wise, the feijoa has been described as a combination of pineapple, guava, and a strawberry.
What better word is there to see in a dessert recipe than “crumble”? You know as soon as you see that tasty little adjective that you’re in for a treat. Follow this link to learn how to craft a deliciously flavorful Feijoa Crumble Slice.
A Place in Pop Culture
Today, the succulent feijoa still has yet to take the world by storm. However, New Zealand is working to change that. In New Zealand, “life without feijoas is almost unthinkable”, and is added to anything you could imagine, including chocolate, ice cream, and even vodka. Its versatility makes it a good match with everything from alcohol to baking, from confectionery to salads. An exporter from New Zealand, called Pole to Pole, is working to bring this sweet treat to international recognition, so don’t be surprised if you start seeing it more and more.
The flowers of this fruit are soft, fragrant, and edible. Better yet, they attract bees and butterflies.