Autumn in New Zealand means feijoas. While this fruit originated in South America, it has become such an iconic part of the New Zealand food landscape, that it is hard to believe this season without these fragrant fruits. They are also one of those love them or loathe them foods, with people divided into two camps, the lovers and the haters.
I have to admit that the first time I tasted one, I was really unsure, but now I love them and look forward to the season. Each year since I have been here, I have made a feijoa based chutney that keeps me in feijoas until the following autumn. This year I used this recipe, and added in a Granny Smith apple and used raisins rather than sultanas because that is what I had in the larder.
I haven’t yet tasted it of course, as it needs to sit for a bit, but here’s hoping this year’s batch is a good one.
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