A quintessential New Zealand fruit, the feijoa is also known as a ‘guavasteen’ or ‘pineapple guava’ - although it’s not a guava or even related to a guava!
Although the feijoa feels distinctly ‘kiwi’, it originates from Central and South America, but we’ve embraced this fragrant fruit and claimed it as our own. It’s practically a part of our cultural heritage, and in peak season can replace money as a form of currency, with people bargaining over buckets full of the green gold. Not surprisingly, New Zealand is one of the largest feijoa producing nations in the world.
The feijoa is high in dietary fibre, antioxidants, and one fruit can give you half your daily vitamin C requirement, although, let’s face it, who can stop at one!