Feijoa season – Chutney, freezing, ice cream etc

There are plenty of feijoas coming off the trees this year. I understand in some countries these are called Pineapple Guavas, they are one of our favourite fruits.

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What we are doing with them!

A very good friend of mine, the very lovely Diane :), sent me this recipe for Feijoa Chutney. I had been going to try another recipe but used this as it has alot of dates rather than an awful lot of sugar for sweetening. Its delicious and comes from Digby Law.

1kg feijoas
500 g onions
300 g raisins
500 g pitted dates
500 g brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 teaspoons salt
4 cups malt vinegar
Wipe the feijoas, trim ends and finely slice them by hand. Finely chop
the onions and coarsely chop the raisins and dates. Combine all the ingredients
in a large saucepan, bring to the boil and cook very gently for 11/2 – 2hrs, until
the chutney is thick. Make sure the chutney doesn’t catch on the bottom of the
saucepan.
Spoon into hot clean jars and seal.
Makes about 3 litres.
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Feijoas freeze really well, simply scoop pulp out and freeze, I freeze in 1 cup and 11/2 cup bags for use in smoothies or baking.
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Banana, Feijoa Ice Cream
Freeze 2 bananas and one cup of feijoa pulp till frozen. Remove and put in bowl of food processor. Leave 5 minutes to soften then add 3 tablespoons yogurt, 2 tablespoons cream (optional) and 1 tsp vanilla. Process till thick and ice-creamyish. This is so delicious I forgot to  take a photo before we ate it!
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Fejoa and ginger jam recipe here I made it last year but have not made it again yet. It’s very nice.
Feijoa Cake recipe I make which came from Joan Spiller, this is delicious and I heartily recommend it!
Last year we tried drying feijoas but didn’t much  like them ourselves so haven’t done them this year but they were nice additions to things like Homemade Muesli, with figs and walnuts
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9 thoughts on “Feijoa season – Chutney, freezing, ice cream etc

  1. Yum! When we lived in Hawkes Bay we had a feijoa tree at the bottom of the garden and the kids used to gorge on the fruit as it fell – I froze feijoas, made icecream and chutneys until I was sick of the sight of them – but oh how I’d love a tree again! Enjoy 🙂

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  2. We never got enough to make anything with as all of us fell on our small shrub in the city with gusto whenever the fruits ripened and fell. We had to fight the blackbirds off with a stick for our fair share though as these fruits are delicious :). I have read some wonderful recipes for what to do with a glut but I am just lusting for a taste any more. My daughters now get the whole lot to themselves and never share! 😉

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    • Oooh, shame on your daughters! These two trees were placed in altogether the wrong place for a few years and did nothing so Roger moved them to the front yard 3 years ago. We are well on our way to “gluts” of feijoas and how lucky is that!! They are a lovely fruit.

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      • They are gorgeous fruit and incredibly high in vitamin C to boot. We have a teeny struggling shrub down in the jungle area of Serendipity Farm but I am going to plant out a heap more as they grow well, the natives don’t appear to eat them and I LERVE the fruit 🙂

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