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Feijoas (also known as pineapple guavas and guavasteen) is an exotic, divinely-flavored fruit native to South America. Small, green and egg-shaped, the scent and flavor sometimes defy description. Pineapple, banana, mint, strawberry and guava flavors all mingle to create a taste sensation that is wonderfully addictive!
“The egg-shape and green color don’t make a Feijoa look very special, and that could be part of why it is not a familiar fruit worldwide yet. But as soon as you cut one in half and get the aroma and see the clover-like jelly section, you know there is a lot more to it!” says Frans. Once a Feijoa is ripe (slightly soft) it can be eaten fresh like a Kiwi Fruit, by just scooping out the flesh.
You may also simply bite them, just the skin is sourish.
Feijoa tastes like the mixture of several other fruits, usually described as pineapple, guava, and strawberry. How we taste is like the skin is sourish as lime, the white flesh taste like guava and the seed (jelly) is sweet. Basically, you get to taste 3 different flavors on this on fruit.
How to eat
1. Slice them in half
2. Scoop them up
3. Eat them nicely
1. Simply bite them
*actually this one not fully ripe, you can't tell it's ripening by its color. They'll ripe when the skin can be press gently, and strong aroma.
The cool subtropical and tropical highlands (less than 1000 m) of southern Brazil, Uruguay, western Paraguay, and northern Argentina.
The high levels of a group of antioxidants called flavonoids have also caught the interest of pharmaceutical companies, because of the anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties these might have.
Storage & Handling
Select fruit that is blemish free and emits a distinctive aroma. Feijoas are ripe when slightly soft (similar to a banana). In a freshly cut piece of fruit, this is when the jellied section is clear. If under-ripe, the jellied section is half white/half clear. If over-ripe, the flesh and the jellied section will have started to turn brown. If the feijoas are not quite ripe, they can be stored in a fruit bowl for a couple of days. Once ripe, feijoas should be stored in the refrigerator. If not refrigerated, ripe feijoas only retain their best flavor for 2 or 3 days. After this, the flavor deteriorates without any change in the outward appearance of the fruit.