The feijoa, AKA pineapple guava, is a type of fruit more commonly found in South America, Russia, Iran, New Zealand and Australia. But they do tend to pop up in supermarkets around the U.S. and other parts of the world as well. Would you like to know what a feijoa tastes like? Keep reading and you’ll find out this and more.
Feijoas are an egg-shaped fruit that grow to around 2-3″ in length. The most common way to eat a feijoa is to slice in in half and scoop out the flesh inside. The skin is edible, however it is usually discarded.
What does a feijoa taste like?
A feijoa contains a sweet, cream colored pulp which has a unique, aromatic flavor. It could be described as a cross between a pear, pineapple and guava.
The texture close to the skin is somewhat grainy although not unpleasant. Towards the center of the fruit the texture transforms into a softer jelly-like consistency. This jelly center becomes more pronounced as the fruit ripens.
Best uses for feijoas
The taste is certainly not overwhelming which makes this fruit an ideal candidate for a range of uses including:
- juices and smoothies
- salads and fruit salads
- jams and jellies
- baked desserts or cookies
- sorbet and ice cream
Of course, you can always eat them on their own. I have spent many hours as a child next to our huge feijoa tree, tearing them apart with my teeth, eating voluminous quantities of them.
An infographic all about feijoas.
Feijoa Muffins Recipe
This is one of my favorite uses for feijoas that are on the verge of going off and need to be used. A lot like using those brown bananas for banana bread.
- 1 cup feijoas, finely chopped or mashed
- 3 tsp baking powder
- ½ cup superfine sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 ½ ox (100g) butter, melted
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups flour
- Preheat over to 355°F (180°C).
- Chop ripe feijoas in half and scoop out the flesh inside. Add to a large bowl and mash or finely chop the fruit.
- Add baking powder, sugar, eggs, butter and milk to the fruit and mix until well combined.
- Pour in the flour to and mix into the liquid until a silky batter forms.
- Scoop batter into patty tins placed on an oven tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes of until a skewer inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean.
- Allow to cool a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
How to test if the fruit is ripe
Deciding if a feijoa is ripe isn’t all that easy. The external skin maintains that dark green color even as it matures and starts to go off. A gentle squeeze is a good indicator though. If it feels like rock then it’s not ripe. You want a feijoa with a little “give” when you squeeze it.
When slicing the fruit open, look for a clear center. If it’s opaque then the fruit isn’t ripe. Any browning is a warning that the fruit has passed its best.
In most parts of the world, feijoas aren’t nearly as common as apples, pears, bananas and those other fruit that we know so well. But that shouldn’t stop you buying a bag next time you see them in store. They’re a lovely sweet fruit with a taste that compares to pear, pineapple and guava combined.
Feijoas are an excellent option for school lunches as they don’t take up a lot of room and they’ll take a few knocks. Packed with vitamins, they’re a nutritional snack that’ll keep the kids (and yourself) powering through the day.
The secret is to buy feijoas in peak season. Any other time they’re very expensive or, in most cases, not available. Even when they’re in season (during Fall) they can still be quite expensive. If you decide that feijoas are to your taste then your best option is to plant a tree. Just make sure space permits! Even a small tree will produce a lot of fruit which you can try to devour. If you’re overwhelmed by their yield then preserve them, create jams, desserts and lots more scrumptious food. Keep in mind that these trees will eventually grow up to 15 feet tall so they’ll also need room to expand.