It is strange the way that some things we write on our blogs lead to connections with people we don't know in person. Feijoas are one of those things for me and Jacqui. I have never met Jacqui, but every year we have random conversations about trying to grow feijoas here and report on our annual successes. This year my mother was here during the feijoa flowering season and I had the paint brushes ready to get her out there hand pollinating them to help pay her way. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate and we had continual rain for basically the entire time of her visit. I presumed this heavy rain would mean the feijoas wouldn't pollinate well, but we ended up with the best crop ever. The basket above is the first day's harvest... yum!
For anyone on the other side of the world who is heading into feijoa season the two recipes I would HIGHLY recommend are:
"The most orgasmic feijoa loaf ever": (the website I got it from seems to be expired..)
1 cup scooped out feijoas
1 cup boiling water
1 cup white sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, beaten
Boil feijoas, butter, sugar and water for 5 minutes (I then mashed them). Allow to cool. Mix in the beaten egg.
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Fold feijoa mixture into dry ingredients. Make sure not to over mix. Pour into greased loaf pan.
Bake for 50 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
Yum, yum, yum!
Vanilla Feijoa Compote (I didn't bother with the orange rind) - great of cereal or as a base for fruit crumble.