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The Star: May 25, 2017

fantastic FEIJOAs True

fantastic FEIJOAs True feijoa fans await the feijoa season with Christmas-like excitement. In Autumn when they finally arrive they are usually plentiful and pop up in recipes everywhere. Serves 1–3 CUISINE I 4 They’re a unique fruit and most certainly aren’t for everyone’s taste buds. For those who love them, it’s their brief appearance in the year that make you clamber for recipes to capture their goodness. Feijoa crumble, feijoa smoothies, feijoa ice cream, feijoa chutney, feijoa cider, feijoas with peanut butter, feijoas pure as they are, traditionally eaten cut in half and with a spoon. feijoa & chicken curry FACTS ABOUT THE FEIJOA Feijoas (also known as pineapple guavas and guavasteen) are an exotic, divinely-flavoured fruit native to South America. Small, green and egg-shaped, the scent and flavour sometimes defy description. Pineapple, banana, mint, strawberry and guava flavours all mingle to create a taste sensation that is wonderfully addictive! Alternative names: English: feijoa, pineapple guava, guavasteen; Spanish: guayabo grande, guayabo chico, guayabo del pais (Uruguay); Portuguese: goiaba serrana, goiaba verde, goiaba abacaxi (Brazil) Botanical name: Acca sellowiana (renamed from feijoa sellowiana in recent times) Origin: the cool subtropical and tropical highlands (less than 1000 m) of southern Brazil, Uruguay, western Paraguay, and northern Argentina. Scent and taste: Feijoa fruit has a distinctive, potent smell. The aroma is due to the ester methyl benzoate and related compounds that exist in the fruit. Seasonality: In the southern hemisphere, the season runs from late March to June although. In the northern hemisphere, the fruit is harvested October to December. Varieties: There are more than 20 varieties of feijoa. Nutritional value (per 100g): Energy 190kJ (45 calories) Carbohydrates (Sugars) 10g Protein 1g Fat

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