A Fe- what? Discovery of a new fruit - the Feijoa

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on May 22, 03:14 AM in . No comments.

It’s a wonderful thing to discover new foods and I had the opportunity to try a new fruit recently. Some of you will probably be familiar with the fruit and wonder where the heck I’ve been but I got to experience the Feijoa for the first time when meeting new friends in Brisbane.

My new friends had been given a bag full of this strange little green fruit, which had been bought for them on a trip “up north”. I guess you could say it looked like a cross between a kiwi fruit and a small custard apple and had a wonderful perfumey tropical smell and taste with a slightly gritty texture.

I had a look to see what the Feijoa was all about…

here are 5 quick facts about this lovely fruit

  • It’s sometimes called pineapple guava
  • It is native to Brazil and Columbia and also originates from New Zealand (this is probably how it found its way to Queensland)
  • Feijoa is a healthy little fella – full of Vitamin c, fibre, potassium and folic acid
  • It can be used in many ways – eaten with a spoon, kiwi fruit style or used in jam, chutney, pulps, cakes, sorbet…..even as a flavour for vodka
  • A feijoa is a low Kcal/KJoule snack with 49 Kcals per 100g

Have you tried a Feijoa? Any recipes or tips for ways to use them? Let me know.

Tags: Feijoa, Vitamin C

About the author

Anne Myers-Wright

Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Anne is a Health Professions Council (HPC) registered dietitian (RD), an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD- Australia), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the British Dietetic Association, The Nutrition Society and of The Dietetics Association of Australia.

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