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.