Feijoa and figs – fantastic fruit

Feijoas and figs are sweet and aromatic. It’s hard to beat a platter of walnuts and blue cheese served with figs and/or feijoas. I am assured by various websites that both fruits are rich in nutritious goodies as well – a rare contradiction to the old song that “if you it’s something you enjoy it is certain that it’s illegal or immoral or will make you fat”.

Because of their poor shelf life, feijoas are expensive in supermarkets. Even more vulnerable is the fig. The only place I have seen figs for sale is at Hamilton’s The Country Providore, the subject of a previous Kiwicommunicator post. For this reason, feijoa and fig trees were high up the priority list to plant in our small suburban garden. While fig trees are considered to be too large for suburbia, we plan to manage the size of ours and hope that, even if frequently pruned, it will continue to fruit. Feijoas are happy to be kept as hedge plants. We watered the little feijoa trees and the fig tree in our garden throughout the drought and are well-rewarded.

The feijoa tree.

The feijoa tree.

While the feijoa is not a New Zealand native plant, it flourishes here. The fruit are the size and shape of eggs.

While the feijoa is not a New Zealand native plant, it flourishes here. The fruit are the size and shape of eggs. The feijoa remains green even when it is fully ripe, so it can be hard to judge whether the flesh inside is past its best. Feijoas drop off the tree when they are at their peak of perfection. We are fortunate to be able to eat them the same day.

Yummy! My feijoas are on a dish from Morris and James pottery in Matakana.

Yummy! My feijoas are on a dish from a large commercial pottery company, Morris and James, based at Matakana.

Iggy protected our persimmon tree with the muntered umbrella covered with netting trick. It is just as essential to protect the fig tree this way. The birds devour the fruit just as the reach ripe perfection.

Iggy protected our persimmon tree with the muntered umbrella covered with netting trick. It is just as essential to protect the fig tree this way. The birds devour the fruit just as they reach ripe perfection.

Generally the figs don't make it inside to the bowl. (Bowl by New Zealand potter Peter Collis, and purchased at Hamilton's ArtsPost.)

Generally the figs don’t make it inside to the bowl. (Bowl by New Zealand potter Peter Collis, and purchased at Hamilton’s ArtsPost.)

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4 thoughts on “Feijoa and figs – fantastic fruit

  1. Iggy says:

    Normally I don’t get to eat the figs as Kiwi Communicator seems to be able to consume them while enroute from the tree to the kitchen (all of 15 metres!) The feijoas are a lovely addition to the plate of muesli in the morning. Yum!

  2. Richard Vella says:

    I would love to buy the umbrella and net for the fig tree. Can you please direct me where to buy?

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