Around the World in 80 Bites – Bite 3

Photo by Kimberley (c)2015
Photo by Kimberley (c)2015

Yep, still in New Zealand for Bite 3. Though originally from South America, the feijoa first became known to me on one of my trips to New Zealand. My last trip there, I had a mission, once getting off the plane, to get a bottle of the organic apple and feijoa juice I fell in love with.

This fruit has often been called the ‘pineapple guava‘ and has a sweet taste with sour undertone. If you like the taste of pomegranate then you will probably appreciate the taste of feijoa.

It grows freely in New Zealand, after having been introduced here in the early 1900s, and has been used to make jam, jelly, chutney, relish, filled chocolates, wine, liqueur, juice, ice cream, cakes and the list goes on.

When in New Zealand, feijoa is cheap and plentiful but expensive to purchase in some of the countries to where it is exported. The price listed in the photo is per fruit! (One fruit is about the size of a small potato.) Feijoa is a good source of vitamin C and dietary fibre. It also contains a small amount of B vitamins.

Feijoa nutrition facts

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