We’re halfway through the year and the leaves are beginning to fall. It’s autumn already and time sure does fly. Thankfully we still get a few summer days to enjoy the sun but the nights are getting a little chilly. One good thing about this warm-day, cold-night combo is that the elusive feijoa is finally at its peak and it sure does thrive here in New Zealand.
Feijoa or ‘pineapple guava’ is a unique fruit with a sweet flesh and a subtle tangy flavour, that only grows in places like New Zealand and parts of South America. If you're lucky enough to have one of these trees in your garden then you should absolutely make the most of the delicious fruit before they’re gone for the rest of the year. They are great for immunity and have lots of Vitamin C to give you a healthy boost before the winter months set in.
It’s the perfect fruit to mark the end of the kiwi summer. For a month every year, feijoas cover trees and make it rain with buckets of juicy green little bundles that are perfectly ripe and can be served with ice cream or baked into pies, muffins, and jams. But these delicious fruits can also be used in smoothies and juices which will tickle your taste buds. So If you overindulged in the weekend or maybe you're feeling a bit of a premature winter sickness coming on, this recipe is perfect to restore a bit of balance in your body. We pay homage to the delicious feijoa with this tasty green smoothie recipe.
You will need:
- A blender
- 4 feijoas (remove skin)
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 handfuls of leafy greens (I used frozen spinach but Kale is also good!)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup of milk (I used coconut milk)
Scoop out the feijoa fruit, chop up banana and greens, and add remaining ingredients to the blender. I added some honey to make it a little bit sweeter.
Mix and enjoy.
Don’t have a high-speed blender?
You can buy the ‘George Foreman Mix & Go’ which creates perfect smoothies in seconds for $49 from Farmers.