Here’s an easy delicious way to use up all those feijoas…. feijoa ice cream!
All you need is a food processor – no fancy ice-cream machine needed. When feijoas are in abundance this will save them from going to waste and rotting on the ground! Make sure you freeze the feijoas for long enough until they are frozen very hard – this will make sure you get a nice ice-cream consistency that’s not too soft. Place it back in the freezer for 20-30 minutes after making it if you want it to firm up a bit more. I’ve added fresh mint into the mix (mint and feijoa are lovely together), and a whole fresh feijoa (including the skin) to really give it that characteristic feijoa flavour, and little specks of green. Feijoa ice cream in a waffle cone on a warm Autumn day is bliss! Enjoy!
- feijoas 500g scooped out flesh (from about 1kg whole feijoas)
- bananas 2 medium-sized ripe, peeled and chopped
- cream or natural yoghurt ½ cup (dairy or coconut)
- feijoa 1 whole, stem removed
- fresh mint about 20 leaves
- Line a large tray (that will fit in your freezer) with baking paper and arrange feijoas and banana on top in a single layer. Cover with cling film and freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight until frozen hard.
- When ready to make and serve the ice-cream, place frozen feijoas and bananas in the bowl of a large food processor (note: if the fruit is frozen rock-hard, leave it to thaw for about 5 minutes before blitzing; this will make it easier on the food processor!).
- Chop the whole feijoa (including the green skin) and add to the food processor, along with cream or yoghurt and mint leaves. Blitz everything together until smooth and well combined, scraping down the sides of the food processor a few times to make sure everything gets blitzed. Add a little more cream/yoghurt as necessary, until you have achieved an ice-cream consistency.
Scoop ice-cream into bowls or cones and serve immediately. Or if not eating straight away, scoop into a container and return to freezer – it’s best eaten within 4 hours of freezing before it starts to become too hard/icy in texture.