About the feijoa
Feijoas were brought to New Zealand in 1908 from Australia. Because few of their original pests followed them from South America, feijoas are easily grown organically and naturally in New Zealand. In fact Tauroa Farm, where our feijoas are grown, is a haven for birds and biodiversity. Feijoa flowers are pollinated by birds who feast on the sweet, pink petals.
The short growing season and lack of processing technology has traditionally limited feijoas to being enjoyed in the country where they're grown. But new processing and freezing techniques now make it possible to take feijoas further afield, with many more people able to enjoy their unique flavour and amazing nutritional benefits.
Nutritional benefits of feijoas
Research continues to find that the feijoa has amazing bioactive properties. These properties are shown to have anti-microbial, antifungal, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunity stimulating benefits.*
Good for the gut
The power of potassium
A 2017 Brazilian study demonstrates that feijoas are a good source of vitamin C. The flesh of feijoas has a higher concentration of the vitamin than in mangos and tangerines*.
The study goes on to inform us that 100 grams of feijoa is all that is needed for Brazilians to meet the national recommended daily Vitamin C requirement.
The research also confirms what many of us knew already – that vitamin C concentration is higher in the skin than the flesh. So eat that skin people! Lastly, the vitamin C concentration increased in both the skin and flesh after being stored. Go figure!
We pick the best feijoas
Feijoas don't accumulate much starch (unlike kiwifruit and apples) that can be converted to sugar once picked. The fruit must be picked ripe for maximum sweetness and flavour, and the best nutritional value.
Feijoas are NOT Pineapple Guavas
Feijoa Fruit, Mercedes C. Argüelles and Ronald Ross Watson
Chemical composition and antimicrobial properties of essential oil of Feijoa sellowiana O. Berg
Antibacterial and anti fungal properties of acetonic extract of Feijoa sellowiana fruits
Feijoas promise new anti-fungal treatments says Victoria research
New research shows humble feijoa has powerful anti-fungal properties
Plant Breeding In New Zealand
Fruit quality of Brazilian genotypes of feijoas at harvest and after storage