Settling into life on the North Shore of Auckland, I see the landscape is littered with gorgeous feijoa trees. I remember my Italian granny, “Nonna” insisting on eating these weird looking luscious, green delights! The verocious cyclone-like weather here of late has shaken the life out of these trees and the streets are littered with these fruits also known as the pineapple guava. I picked a few off some local trees, bought some at Takapuna market and my neighbour just gave me about 2kg from her tree so I feel like the universe is trying to tell me something…
They seem to love the Auckland climate, grow everywhere here, and were brought to New Zealand in the 1920s from South America.
Feijoa are good for you and are in season!
Health Benefits of the Feijoa Fruit
- Currently in season (Autumn)
- Low calorie – 55 calories per 100g
- It has a sweet, sour flavour that resembles the blend of a banana and pineapple
- Very high in Vitamin C, 33mg per 100g which is 55% of the daily intake
- Good source of fibre if you eat the skin at 6.4g per 100g
- The skin is very green and hard though and to be honest I prefer it peeled
- Feijoa contains small amounts of B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), and vitamin E and K, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, and manganese.
- If you live on the North Shore of Auckland from what I can see, they are abundant, organic, cheap and readily available!
- Try not to eat too much, they are high in sugar (10%). Better than a Mars Bar though.
- The main antioxidants are proanthocyanins, a type of polyphenol, that has been found to reduce inflammation and blood clotting as well as potentially playing a role in regulating blood pressure.
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