Feijoas – those green fruit that fall to the ground in May in New Zealand when they are ripe.
At this time of the year people either have more feijoas than they know what to do with or don’t have access to them at all. And people either love them or hate them. There seems to be no in-between stance. So for those who love them, here is another feijoa recipe. It’s a variation of the well-loved apple crumble.
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
2 cups white flour
½ cup white sugar
1-2 teaspoons ground ginger (amount depends on your taste)
50 gms melted butter or margarine
1 Peel and slice the feijoas into a saucepan
2 Sprinkle the sugar over the fruit and pour the water over the top
3 Cook gently on the stove top until feijoas are tender, not mushy
4 Mix the flour sugar and butter or oil together to make a crumbly mixture. (if it is too dry add more butter or margarine, if too moist add more flour)
5 Put the cooked feijoa mixture into an ovenware dish
6 Spread the crumble mixture evenly over the feijoas
7 Bake at 180 degrees C ( 350 degrees F) for 30 minutes or until the crumble topping is browned.
- For a crunchier texture, use 1 cup wholemeal flour and 1 cup rolled oats in place of the white flour
- Use brown sugar instead of white sugar to cook the feijoas and/or in the crumble mixture
- Use a mix of apples and feijoas to dilute the feijoa flavour if you have people who feel its a bit strong for them; half and half works well