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Preserved Feijoas

With their slightly tangy perfumed flavour, feijoas impart new depths to both sweet and savoury dishes.

Preserved Feijoas

Makes 2 x 1 litre jars

1½ cups caster sugar

80g piece fresh ginger

20 feijoas, approximately

2 tbsp juniper berries, dried

Preheat oven to 100°C. Put 2 tall 1-litre preserving jars (with seals and bands) into the oven for 30 minutes to warm and sterilise.

In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups water and sugar to the boil.

Peel ginger and slice thinly with a sharp knife or mandolin. Top and tail feijoas and peel as lightly as possible. Place into hot syrup with ginger pieces and juniper berries. Once all fruit is added, bring to the boil for 1 minute.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer fruit to the sterilised preserving jars with slices of ginger and juniper berries. Pour in enough syrup to cover the fruit and almost spill over the top of the jars. Place inner-seal lids on top and tightly screw on seal bands immediately.

The seal is complete once the inner seal is down and the jars can be turned upside-down without any syrup coming out. A water bath can help by removing excess air and creating a vacuum in the glass jars. Once this happens the sealing bands can be removed.

Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

Feijoa Smoothie

Serves 2

Cut 4 fresh or preserved feijoas in half and scoop out the flesh. Put into blender.

Add 3 cups milk, ½ cup vanilla ice-cream (or Greek yoghurt), 1 tablespoon manuka honey or maple syrup and pinch ground nutmeg.

Blend until frothy.

Feijoa & Vanilla Fool

Serves 4

Cut 4-6 fresh or preserved feijoas into chunks. Divide between 4 tall glasses.

Spoon 1 teaspoon feijoa liqueur and 2 tablespoons crumbled amaretti or ginger biscuits into each.

Add a layer of pre-prepared vanilla custard. Repeat. Finish with whipped cream and crumbled pistachio nuts.

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