Matt needed lemons. Sarah and Emma needed feijoas*.
A phone call was made, a text here and there and before you knew it, an unofficial swap was on.
On the night of the trade it was dark and gloomy…Sarah looked up and down the abandoned alleyway for the cops…she thought to herself “where IS he?!”
Ok now I’m making it sound like a drug deal so I’ll stop. Gosh I like to embellish my stories with a bit of drama!
Ok so as you’ve gathered, it wasn’t the official swapping day in Bacchus Marsh but this is how it happens now, we’ve all gotten together enough, swapped numbers, swapped stories and we have a real little community of growers and swappers, ready to help each other out whenever needed!
And gosh I love feijoas so I’m so excited when they’re in season. And I only tasted my first one last year thanks to Matt who brought them along to the swap. They are AMAZING.
They are also known as pineapple guavas, which I think gives you a better idea of what taste you’re in for when you try them. Think tropical (don’t think Tom Cruise in Cocktail, not that type of tropical), fresh, perfumy flavours, that also happen to go incredibly well with APPLES.
Enter Emma’s Mums Apple Crumble Recipe with Feijoa!
Now who doesn’t like apple crumble right? You’d have to be from Mars not to. But let me tell you, apples and feijoas were MADE to go together. I urge you to try them in your crumble just once and I don’t think you’ll regret it.
¾ cup Brown sugar
¾ cup rolled oats
½ cup flour (plain or self raising, no biggie)
½ cup of softened butter
½ tsp each of grated nutmeg and cinnamon
1 kg granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
300-500g (or whatever you can get your hands on really) of feijoas. Peeled and cut in half. Can also be cut in half and flesh scooped out, similar to kiwi fruit
Put all your dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Add your butter and with your fingers (c’mon, lets get dirty people!) rub with butter into your mixture until you have small pea shapes or a crumble like consistency. Set aside.
Put your apples into a saucepan and just cover with water. If you want to add some flavor while your apples are lightly stewing, I recommend plonking a cinnamon stick in the water along with some sugar. Stew your fruit until just soft. Don’t let them go beyond this as they will cook further in the oven.
Spoon apple and feijoas into individual ramekin dishes or one large pie dish. Top with crumble mix and bake in a 180 degree pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes. Serve with cream or ice cream.
Have you tried feijoas before? Do you LOVE them? How do you eat them? Pllllleeeease lets talk about feijoas all day long in the comments section below!
*need was more of a want. But who are you to judge!?