Frejoa

May 15, 2014

frejoa

…or alternatively un feijoa. Frejoa may be a local colloquialism or a perpetuated mistake around Bogotá.

Also known as the pineapple guava, frejoas are true to their name: pineapple notes exist in this guava relative.  The fruit illustrated here is ripe with firm white flesh inside.  Its also possible to eat frejoas as they ripen further; fruits with translucent and near-gelatinous flesh provide a sweeter and more floral taste while the exterior remains near-identical. Inspect frejoas for ripeness by gently squeezing them.  Hard fruits are underripe. Those with gel inside give with a squeeze in much the same way as a ripe banana would.

This frejoa in particular came from a finca near Choachi in Colombia with an orchard of frejoa trees.  The producing trees were only three years old and about 12 feet tall.

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