Feijoas are dark green on the outside and white on the inside when ripe. The pulp has a smooth, velvety texture that melts in the mouth. Its flavor is sweet, subacidic and quite aromatic.
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How to eat
How to store
- 1 - 5ºc
- Wash before eating
Research into the health benefits of this fruit is currently being carried out in the following areas:
Anemia prevention and control
A HIGH SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
One serving (100 grams) of feijoa provides 55% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for skin, bones, and connective tissue, plus it increases iron absorption.
A HIGH SOURCE OF DIETARY FIBER
One serving (100 grams) of feijoa provides 24% of the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber. Eating foods high in fiber will help you control your weight by keeping you fuller for longer. Fiber also aids digestion and helps prevent constipation.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF POTASSIUM
One serving (100 grams) of feijoa provides 5% of the recommended daily intake of potassium. This mineral helps nerves and muscles communicate, it allows nutrients to flow into cells, and it helps remove waste from cells. A diet rich in potassium helps counteract some of the harmful effects of sodium in blood pressure.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF PHOSPHORUS
Half a cup of feijoa provides 2% of the recommended daily intake of phosphorus. This mineral is a major component of bone and teeth and it is crucial for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues. Phosphorus also helps the body to produce ATP, for energy production, and it plays a key role in the way the body uses carbohydrates and fats.
Also known as Brazilian guava, pineapple guava, guavasteen and New Zealand banana. Its name is a homage to the Brazilian botanist João da Silva Feijó. It is believed to have originated in the mountains of northern Brazil, Uruguay and Northern Argentina. In Colombia it is grown in the mountains at temperate and colder climates. Did you know that every year the town of Tibasosa in the Colombian state of Boyacá celebrates the Feijoa Festival? During the festivities, tourists and townspeople can enjoy a wide array of dishes made from this exotic fruit. Did you know that the feijoa flowers are actually hermaphrodites? They can blossom on their own or in clusters. They have four meaty petals, white on the bottom and purple red on top. There are more than 10 varieties of feijoa and they are known by different names in each of the countries where they are grown. Some people consider it the “fruit of eternal youth” because, like the guava, in contains Alfa 3, which helps bring oxygen to the body’s cells. It is a very common tree in New Zealand where it is widely used to make vodka, cider and wine.
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