Backyard Bounty: Feijoas

Backyard Bounty: Feijoas

Our favourite recipes for NZ’s most prolific backyard fruit

Let’s be honest, feijoas can be a lot. Particularly at this time of year when the end of the feijoa glut is nearing and fruit bowls are overflowing with the fragrant little fellas. If your household is struggling to face another crumble, here’s a roundup of our favourite things to do with feijoas. 

The feijoa is one of New Zealand’s favourite homegrown fruits, and has come to symbolise a seasonal shift to autumn’s cold, sunny days. For Kiwis abroad it sits alongside icons of home such as Vogel’s bread and Marmite, inspiring nostalgia like no other fruit. For Kiwis at home, however, dealing with the glut of fruit requires creativity and a little inspiration.

Try a savoury approach with this delicious Feijoa Kasundi. The tart and fragrant flavours of feijoa make an excellent pickle. For an unusual recipe that’s sure to win over the feijoa haters, this popular Chunky Monkey Feijoa Chutney uses up the skins too.

There are a myriad of baking recipes that use up the smaller and softer fruit, such as a delightfully gooey Upside-Down Feijoa Caramel Cake or Sticky Coconut and Feijoa Muffins. The flesh can be scooped out and frozen for future baking ventures.

Feijoa fizz is a tasty drink which is as invigorating as it sounds. The process is super easy and makes for a smooth and reasonably failsafe entry into the world of fermenting.

And don’t forget your smallest visitors: the wild birds! Cut leftover feijoas in half and put them out for hungry tauhou (waxeyes), finches, yellowhammer and sparrows. At this time of year when food sources are becoming more scarce, the birds will be more than happy to clean them up for you. Cut up fruit goes well in the Peka Peka Native Bird Feeder or mix it in with our New Zealand-made Energy Truffles in the Wild Bird Truffle Feeder.