We moved to our home just over 18 months ago. The backyard had very few plants and what was planted was not well maintained. In one of the corners of the yard, where Mr Fresh build a sandpit for Punky and Cuddles, was a straggly looking tree. I had asked Mr Fresh to remove it as we planted and cleaned up the yard. He thought it was “something” so it ended up staying. It turns out that it is a Feijoa tree. Last year the fruit fell to the ground. We were too busy to care as Cuddles had just been born and I had a long recovery.
Fast forward to this year and this week I picked the fruit and collected them from the ground around the sandpit. Since I picked them, I didn’t want them to go to waste. I have never tasted, nor cooked anything with Feijoa but am so happy to have discovered them in our back yard! They made sweet, thick rich jam. I am looking forward to spreading it thickly on my toast in the morning.
This is what I made today.
Makes: approximately 800 ml
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 and 1/2 hours +
1.2 kg of feijoa fruit
1 pear peeled and finely chopped
2 green apples peeled and finely chopped
500 ml of water
500 grams of jam sugar
Cut the feijoa fruit in half and scoop the middle out with a spoon, discard the skins and any fruit that is dark inside
Add the feijoa to a saucepan as it is scooped from the skin and add the pear and apple pieces
Add the water to the pan and set to simmer for approximately 20 minutes until the fruit is soft
When soft mash the fruit and add the sugar
Continue to simmer and still often to prevent it sticking to the bottom of the pan
Cook for approximately 2 hours + until the mixture thickens to almost being the consistency of jam and turns a golden color