I met a neighbor recently returning from the market.
– Of course, I know, this is feijoa. Very tasty and important, useful.
– And what is useful?
– I’ll tell you about it.
We stood with her on the porch, breathed air, talked about tasty and healthy food. And I want to offer our discussion with some additions to your attention.
So, feijoa. November is the month when these still not very familiar fruits appear on the shelves of shops and markets. Not everyone knows how to “properly eat” them, what can be cooked from them and what benefits they can get.
Feijoa is a tropical plant native to South America, but it was brought back to the then Soviet Transcaucasia even before the war, and what we see today in the markets is the feijoa of “local” production, so to speak.
Books, articles and eyewitnesses unanimously state that feijoa is very tasty and aromatic, the smell of it resembles a mixture of strawberries, pineapple and something else very pleasant. However, in order for this taste to manifest itself in full, the fruits should be ripe. But ripe fruit can not be transported. There is nothing wrong with this, feijoa perfectly ripens during storage. If you bought solid fruits, wait patiently until they become soft to the touch. Then the flesh of the feijoa becomes like jelly and will acquire a real taste and aroma. Useful properties for “artificial” ripening, according to experts, are not lost.
And these, these useful properties, feijoa has a whole bouquet. First of all, feijoa is the only plant that can be compared to seafood in terms of iodine content. The peculiarity of this plant is that it is able to accumulate water-soluble iodine compounds, which are easily absorbed by the human body. But the content of this element depends on the place where the plant grew, and not all fruits contain a sufficiently large number of it. If you want to be treated with feijoa fruit, it’s good to know how much iodine contains the product you buy.
But for the prevention of diseases and for the organization of a healthy diet, the fruits of feijoa of almost any origin will work. In addition to thyroid disorders associated with a deficiency of iodine in the body, the feijoa fruit is also recommended for use in atherosclerosis, hypo- and avitaminosis, inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, gastritis, pyelonephritis.
When using feijoa fruits, there is some contradiction between taste and benefit. The fact is that the fruit peel is in principle edible and moreover, it is very useful, since it contains such phenolic compounds as catechins and leucoanthocyanins, biologically active substances that are strong antioxidants that help prevent cancer. But, having a tart, astringent taste, the peel spoils the “gastronomic indicators” of the product. That is, if you want to enjoy the taste, you must sacrifice the benefits. What do you do in such cases? You can do just that: clean the fruits, peel the skin and brew with tea, so that no antioxidant, God forbid, is lost.
And what should I cook of pure fruits? Yes, almost anything. You can salad with beets, sauce for meat, fruit salad, you can just eat it. In this case, advise, cutting an unrefined soft fruit in half, eat the pulp with the help of a spoon. You can cook any dessert with feijoa. You can bake a cake or a cake. Though more often from feijoa cook jam, jam, compote or harvested for future use in raw form, grinding with sugar.
Feijoa in sugar is done so. Chop the fruits (at your discretion, peeled or peeled, cutting off the tops and thoroughly washing), mix them with sugar. Sugar is taken depending on storage conditions, if you store the workpiece in a refrigerator in a jar with a glass or metal lid, you can take a kilogram of feijoa from 700 to 1000 grams of sugar.If at room temperature, then sugar should be taken more to 2 kilograms. The product can be sugared at the same time, but this will not affect its taste. This “raw jam” of feijoa is very useful for enhancing immunity.
In my opinion, the most pleasant thing in feijoa, except for the unquestionable benefit and exquisite taste, is that, if desired, it can be grown on your window, and surprisingly, it will bear fruit. And besides, decorating your life and your interior.
About this, with your permission, I will continue the next time, and now I wish you a successful trip to the nearest market or to a supermarket. Of course, for feijoa!