Sunday, 15 May 2011

Feijoa Feijoa For Gluts Sake...

I have made mention before of our garden. And of my lovely husband's green fingered ability to give me gluts. Love his gluts.



The newly created front salad and herb garden is thriving - he built it, and he plants out; I water and tend to it. We have not bought fresh herbs or salad greens for six months. The morning sun that this garden bed enjoys, and it's guilt inducing position that's on the way to the car, are a perfect combination.

And as we move to through Autumn to Winter I am still presented with bowls of tomatoes. Still! They have lost their red intensity, but the flavors of these late fruit are still wonderful.

And as I look out of my kitchen window I can see the lemon tree laden and groaning with fruit. This past summers increased rain fall have done the lemons a lot of favours - this seasons fruit and blemish free and thin skinned, ripe with scent, almost pip free and bursting with juice. It is a bumper crop, and will force me to investigate new preserving options - there are only so many jars of marmalade I can give away. 


On the way to the productive compost corner, an old hydrangea bed has been converted by the lovely husband, into another vegetable patch. I suspect this soil, whilst it has had a huge investment of our compost over the past four years, was treated previously with a fair amount of lime (to encourage the old hydrangea bushes to change from blue to pink...)
This lime, in turn, serves the beetroot crops very well - and I cannot wait to start dealing with the beetroot glut that I am sure is coming.

But our greatest glut this year? Feijoa. It is not a fruit that I see in the shops much - maybe because nobody ever needs to buy any due to the profusion off one tree?



When I tell you that we have BUCKETS of the fruit dropping daily (on both sides of our fence) I am not joking.

I have given buckets away daily to neighbours and friends and teachers at school.

The smell is perfumed and fragrant, the taste is sweet and fresh. Luckily my children all love to sit with a bowl of them, sliced in half, spooning out the pulp for themselves.




So I have scoured the internet for tried and true Feijoa recipes and Feijoa Jelly and Feijoa Ice Cream and Feijoa Muffins are all in production today.

If you know of any amazing tried and true Feijoa recipes, please let me know? Or if you have recipes for using bulk amounts of lemons, please share with me?


16 comments:

  1. Do you know, I have spent 35 years without ever hearing or knowing about feijoas, and within the last week they're everywhere??? I know I'm ignorant, but this is ridiculous!!! So I'm afraid I can't suggest anything for the feijoas...but I have an excellent issue of Donna Hay here somewhere that is dedicated to lemons. I shall dig it out for you, and share her secrets!!!!! xxxxxx

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  2. So, this might be the first time in a long while that I mean this litterally; You've got beautiful lemons!!

    I love hearing about other's gardenings adventures.

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  3. I have no idea what a feijoa is! Sounds delicious and looks gorgeous, though. We manage to eke out a few tomatoes each year, but I'm envious of your green thumb!

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  4. As a Kiwi girl I am quite familair with the wonder that is the feijoa. I was beside myself with excitement when I "found" them at the supermarket the other day and had to buy a sackful. They were fabulous, just as I remember. Just started following your blog, it's lovely by the way!

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  5. Our lemon tree has been supplying our neighbours for years...this year our mandarines are just big enough to enjoy...love Autumn in the garden.

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  6. Now I know why you were searching for your lemon slice recipe! Have you tried making lemon butter? I've not tried, and haven't eaten it in years, but lemon butter on toast - heavenly! xx

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  7. Lucy, I found lemon recipe heaven!!! And you inspired me so much, I blogged about it...

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  8. I have never tried a feijoa, will put it on my To Do list.
    I recently learnt that you can freeze lemons and limes whole in your freezer to store until you need them. My garden has suffered through our longest, driest summer on record :(

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  9. I have never tried a feijoa, will put it on my To Do list.
    I recently learnt that you can freeze lemons and limes whole in your freezer to store until you need them. My garden has suffered through our longest, driest summer on record :(

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  10. I have never tried a feijoa, will put it on my To Do list.
    I recently learnt that you can freeze lemons and limes whole in your freezer to store until you need them. My garden has suffered through our longest, driest summer on record :(

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  11. I've never heard of them, but how wonderful. There's nothing better than eating the fruits of your own garden.

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  12. Oh yum! I have never tried one, I am just getting an area ready for our orchard to go into, I don't suppose they are frost tolerant?

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  13. Cravens, I had never heard of a feijoa. Learn something new every day. Will look out for them. I am still at stage of growing a few tomatoes and chillies, hope to do more year by year. Happy gardening.

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  14. Funny you should mention it! I was watching "The Cook and the Chef" the other night and they were cooking with feijoa. Here's a link to the recipes. They sound delicious!
    http://www.abc.net.au/tv/cookandchef/txt/s2305350.htm
    http://www.abc.net.au/tv/cookandchef/txt/s2305276.htm

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  15. We have had loads of lemons from my parents tree too. I preserve them in a big jar with loads of lemon juice and salt. Then we discard all the flesh, rinse them to get rid of extra salt and use them in all kinds of middle eastern dishes and with slow cooked lamb and mmmmmmmm...getting hungry thinking about it again. Do you have a recipe for preserved lemons? Cos If you don't I will dig mine out for you xxx

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