We put these nets under one row of trees, to see if we can catch the fruit before it falls. If it falls to the ground before we can gently pluck them from the tree then the fruit is only good for juicing, and here.....
There is a lot of excitement around here this week. We have started to pick our first saleable crop of feijoas. It is three years since we planted this orchard in terraces, on a hillside just next to our house, and each day for the next five weeks or so, I am going to be walking along these terraces gently feeling the fruit to see if they will plop into my cupped hand.
I love walking along, having a little feel and smelling the fragrance of these delicious fruit. These friendly feijoas have grown on me rather a lot. When we had two ancient feijoa trees in our home orchard, I wasn't that keen on them and wouldn't go into raptures like the rest of my family, but now that we have a young orchard with lots of different varieties, I am learning to discern the differences and am enjoying the subtle flavours and the names of these green beauties....opal star, kaiteri, kakariki, wiki tu, kakapo, triumph and unique.
are the first five crates of Feijoas ready for the market.