Saturday, 28 April 2018

Feijoa Festival

Feijoa season is upon us. Have collected many baskets from our two trees that are laden with fruit.
I have often wondered why we don't have a Feijoa Festival in Auckland. Why don't we start one, because it's everyone's favourite fruit, it brings neighbours together, and sustains us in ways bananas can't. Feijoas are dead easy to grow. It's best to have two trees as they can then pollinate. Feijoa trees can be pruned or thinned as they are wind pollinated and this helps with fruiting. They can make a good hedge, as they are evergreen and you'll always be friends with your neighbours if you share feijoas.

To make Feijoa Pie

You need -
A pie tin/dish
Two sheets of flaky puff pastry.
Lots of feijoas to fill it.
A tablespoon or so of butter
About half a cup of brown sugar, or organic coconut sugar
Sprinkle cinnamon
quarter/half a cup of ground almonds
Tablespoon of milk

Preheat your oven to 200C or 400F. Line a pie dish with the flaky pastry. For the filling, scoop out your feijoas and mix them with the soft/melted butter, the sugar, ground almonds and sprinkle of cinnamon. Cover the pie with the other sheet of pastry, sealing the ends with a fork. Prick a few holes in the middle and brush the pie with milk for a glaze.
Bake in oven till golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.

Serve hot with icecream or can be eaten cold in the garden for a picnic. Enjoy!