Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Feijoa Harvest 2012

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
50g butter
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.

I also managed to harvest my first lot of ginger - it is great to have in the freezer... here's hoping it lasts us for the whole year.


  1. Anonymous4:53 pm

    your ginger looks great! i'd like to try growing some myself even though i've heard it's tricky...have no idea what feijoas are, wikipedia time...my real point for commenting is to say that i've been enjoying catching up on your recent updates after your layoff...happy new year!

  2. You grow your own ginger!? Wow!
    It's quite trendy in Japan, these days, isn't it? At least it seemed to be when I was there last Christmas, judging by all of the ginger-theme cookbooks in the bookshops.

  3. Totally going to make the loaf! Might even print it out and add it to the family cookbook!

  4. Hi Jo,
    Thank you for sharing a little of NZ with Japan. Birds pollinate feijoas so you can save your poor Mum a job with the paint brush. If you keep and abundance of birds around they will happily pollinate your trees year after year.
    If you are looking for delicious recipes for feijoas, you can try our Website www.thefeijoacompany.co.nz or the Feijoa growers association website www.nzfga.co.nz.

  5. Hi Jo,
    Thanks for sharing a little of NZ with Japan. Encourage birds around your property as they do the pollinating for you...save poor Mum with the paint brush. If you love feijoa's and would like to try more recipes our website is www.thefeijoacompany.co.nz or you can also try www.nzfga.co.nz the NZ feijoa grower Association website.
    Kind regards