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Feijoa, a tasty and rich tropical fruit less known than others such as mango or papaya, but which deserves our attention. Not only for the flavor but also for its beneficial properties. Contains a lot of vitamin C, excellent for the cold season, but also good for those with cholesterol problems.
Feijoa Sellowiana: plant
This tropical fruit grows on an evergreen shrub which is entirely called Feijoa Acca Sellowiana, has its origins in South America but is not cultivated only there, we find it today also in Africa and even in Southern Italy. Some area of Tuscany and Liguria have recently proved favorable to the growth of this shrub, belonging to the family of Mirtaceae.
The Feijoa plant can arrive even at 8 meters high, produces very showy hermaphroditic flowers which are pollinated by fly-birds and some aphids.
Out of education, we have described the plant, but we are interested in the fruit. There Feijoa it looks like a plum due to its elongated shape, but has a dark green skin. On the outside it is smooth or a little irregular, on the inside it is comparable to a melon, not that "Orange-yellow" which can be enjoyed in our summer, but in winter, with a more whitish pulp and full of small seeds.
However, if we want to choose a fruit that looks like Feijoa for flavor, we must choose another one: pineapple. Exactly, thepineapple with a touch of strawberry, but with the great advantage of being able to taste it in the middle of winter.
The main feature for which the Feijoa is known in its small way is its height vitamin C content, but it is by no means the only property that this fruit can display. Let's not forget, however, that with the arrival of cold weather, we can also count on this fruit for face ailments.
The caloric value of the Feijoa is modest, 70 Kcal / 100 g of pulp, even cholesterol is almost zero, on the other hand we have on the plate a fruit rich in fiber, beta carotene, vitamin B6, mineral salts, iodine and important flavonoids which are excellent for a good functioning of the circulatory system. The presence of quercetin and canferol in the pulp, according to some studies, could also have an anticarcinogenic effect, which would make Feijoa even more appreciated.
Feijoa: how to eat
As if it were a Kiwi, the Feijoa should be divided in half and then eaten with a spoon, so as not to lose the taste of its juicy pulp, very delicate but not insipid. Eaten fresh this fruit is an excellent snack, also paired with other tropical ones, in a fruit salad for a snack or even in juice format. If we bought it but are waiting for a friend to enjoy it in company, let's keep it in the fridge, even already cut, sprinkling it with water and lemon, otherwise it oxidizes.
Another way to eat it without losing its taste or properties is to use it cooked or make a jam. Even if the color doesn't do it honor, let's trust this fruit because on a simple toast or as a filling for a cake, it will amaze us.
May they also eat the flowers of the Feijoa, as for many others flowers to eat, these too can be served fresh or baked in the oven, such as crunchy chips. Flower, fruit, and leaves? We can make a sweet and fragrant infusion, not only to warm up in foggy evenings, but also to benefit from its antibiotic properties and immunostimulants.
Originally fromSouth America, this plant is also grown in Italy, in areas where the climate is mild: in our South, in Tuscany and in Liguria. In general, it begins to green around March towards March, the first flowers appear in May and remain for almost the entire summer season.
Where the olive tree grows, also the plant of the Feijoa it is well placed, placed at a distance of 4-5 meters from its companions, and can live even 60-70 years, as long as there is no frosts down to -7 degrees and that the ground does not have water stagnation.
Pruning of the Feijoa Sellowiana
Inevitable to prune the Feijoa since she lives a long time and grows quite free and generous. Usually one chooses for this plant the rounded shape, a little pom pom, which sprouts on a trunk of about half a meter even in 3-5 branches. If you are not convinced by all this "roundness", you can focus on the cone as a volume.
However, we must not immediately scare the Feijoa pruning it as soon as it tries to give itself a shape, we start with some intervention of definition, so that it does not give clutter idea. When it is an adult, then we can begin to give it the look we want and prune it to remove branches dry or damaged.
Feijoa: price and where to buy it
With about thirty Euros on Amazon we find the Feijoa plant and we can test our skills. First let's make sure we live in an area with the right climate to accommodate this type of shrub, terrified of the cold.
Beneficial tropical fruit: the Feijoa
Those who already love tropical fruits, after reading this curriculum, can only add it to their list of favorite foods, instead if so far if you are one of those who "only food from my home“, Give this new flavor a chance.
Fresh or canned, too as an ice cream or yogurt flavor, as a base for jams or an ingredient in juices, it is worth trying.
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