A Zeijoa is really a Feijoa...
but what is a Feijoa?
I had never heard of either, until a friend gifted us a few. Here in Singapore, this exotic fruit is sold under the name of Zeijoa and it comes from New Zealand. With its smooth green skin and small, oval shape, it could be mistaken as a lime.
Also known as the Pineapple Guava or Guavasteen, it is usually found in the mountains of Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. It was named after a Brazilian botanist, Joam da Silva Feijo. I think Zeijoa is more of a brand name used in New Zealand.
Either way, I enjoyed tasting this very fragrant fruit. The flavor is hard to describe - with hints of pineapple, strawberry, and guava. The texture was a bit gritty like a pear. Some articles said it also tasted like mint and lemon.
They said to eat it, cut the fruit vertically into two halves and scoop the fruit out with a spoon. The skin is not eaten raw. Feijoa can also be cooked or baked and is used in many recipes.
They are high in vitamin C, low in calories and a great source of minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. They are even good as an exfoliant.
I found a feijoa chicken curry recipe I am going to try tomorrow for dinner.
Are they selling these in the States?
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