After a chance meeting with a New Zealander Lola and Barry Whitehead decided to attempt growing a few Feijoa trees on their retirement block. After living in a shed and building their home they expanded the orchard to 1000 trees on the 5 acre property in Mapleton, half of which are presently producing.
Harvest time from mid February to mid May can become very hectic; tending to fruiting, pruning and fertilizing to ensure next year’s crop. The small green fruits are sweet, suggesting a combination of pineapple and guava or pineapple and strawberry with overtones of winter green or spearmint, which leaves a refreshing aftertaste in the mouth. Feijoa fruit produce a strong lingering perfume even before they are fully ripe.
Barry & Lola Whitehead
Mapleton, Qld, 4558
Ph. 0411 596 524 / 0411 152 609
Feijoas are usually eaten fresh, but because of their astringent qualities they are suitable for sweet or savoury dishes. Chefs love to use them to make sauces to accompany meat dishes, while others make it, skin and all, into a delicious jam. This versatile fruit can also be used for juice and in the making of wine and cordials. Feijoa yoghurt and ice cream is also very popular.
During the fruit season from mid February to mid May, Barry and Lola can be found at the Farmers Market at Noosa on Sundays introducing the fruit with tastings to those who have not yet experienced the unique flavour. Feijoa Jam, Feijoa Chutney and Feijoa Mint Jelly which are all made by us from the fresh ingredients grown on the farm are also for sale on our stall. The Feijoa Mint Jelly is sensational used in the cooking and serving of lamb.
Give Feijoa’s a try – a great winter fruit full of vitamins!