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Published March 16th 2014
Last week I ate my first ever Feijoa. It took 28 years, but the experience was nothing short of incredible and it's not officially my new favourite fruit.
Strictly speaking it was not the first time the taste of the Feijoa flavour had touched my lips, but after the vodka variety, and hearing my New Zealand friends rave about the fruit in a cult like manner, the opportunity to get the first feijoas of the Australian season was too good to pass up.
It was quite fortuitous how I literally stumbled across the chance to buy a 2kg box of the ripe feijoa since they are considered a very tricky fruit to grow and can be almost impossible to buy at most fruit shops – and almost never at the supermarkets.
I had noticed the Feijoa Addiction Facebook Page pop up in my Newsfeed a few months back, and since the fruit was already on my radar I was intrigued to click on the link.
Seconds later I had liked the page and have been received growers updates ever since. I'm not sure why but whenever I see pictures of the egg shaped green fruit (also known as a 'pineapple guava') pop up in my newsfeed I feel very pleased.
Feijoa Lollies. One of the pleasing newsfeed pictures
Anyway the first Feijoas of the season arrived in Brisbane last week and I was one of the lucky four customers to get a whole 2kg box of the fruit. But where else can you get a hold on this almost mythical fruit also referred to as the pineapple guava or guavasteen in Brisbane?
It's not widely available but there are a handful of places selling organic feijoa during the very short season of late February to the end of April.
5 PLACES TO GET FEIJOA IN BRISBANE
Hinterland Feijoas are the major suppliers of fresh Feijoa throughout Brisbane and south-east Queensland. Grown out the back of Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast they are distributed throughout the south east.
They can be picked up at the Feijoa Orchard in Belli Park, but can also be couriered throughout the state.
If however you live in Brisbane and you want to get your hands on fruit that New Zealanders were so inspired by they made delicious vodka flavour out of it, (heaven in a glass BTW) here's where you can buy Feijoas in Brisbane.
Feijoas don't come cheap however. The first of the season cost me $40 for a two kg box, but for something so unique and different it was worth every penny.
Feijoa Addiction –38 Walker Street Tennyson
Call first to check availability and a pick up time. The feijoas are sold in 2kg boxes only and supply is limited. Check out the Feijoa Addiction Facebook page for more details.
Despite many people assuming the fruit is native to New Zealand, the Feijoa actually originated in Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay and Argentina. They are also grown in random and exotic location of Azerbaijan and Georgia.
As mentioned the fruit is very tricky to grow. A lot of people manage to grow a healthy looking Feijoa shrub but the plant never flowers or bears fruit. They also have a very short season so if you want to try fresh Feijoa in 2014, the time to start investigating them is now.
Boxes of Feijoa get snapped up quickly so don't delay
Taste of the Feijoa
The taste of the Feijoa is sometimes referred to a wintergreen chewing gum flavour, but it's a tart yet sweet finish that in my opinion makes this such an interesting and unique fruit unlike any other taste I can find a comparison for. It has a slightly grainy consistency like a guava.
They can be used well in smoothies and baking but probably best enjoyed 'neat' with the flesh scooped out like a kiwi fruit.
Do yourself and me a Feijoa Favour
Do yourself a feijoa favour and get the clear jelly like innards of a feijoa into your belly now. Don't hoard them for too long otherwise they will go overripe and spoil and you'll get massive Feijoa regret. Gobble them up quickly, but savour every mouthful.
If you know any other suppliers of Feijoa throughout the Brisbane area, please do me a Feijoa favour and leave a comment below.
This was the full box. It didn't look like this for long.
Good you can get them in Aus.
They are easy to grow but do not like drought conditions or high winds as we are finding out in Auckland this year. They bruise easily, especially as when they ripen they drop to the ground. Might be why there isn't any export market ( that I know of).
Excellent. My hubby absolutely LOVES feijoas. I had heard of Hinterland Feijoas but always forget to look at putting in an order come feijoa season. I'll have to be sure to diarise it for next year and get some as a surprise for him.