14 Health Benefits Of Feijoa-Pineapple Guava
Have you ever heard of feijoa? You wouldn’t have! This post exclusively talks about the exotic fruit feijoa.
The fruit feijoa is native to South America. The tree grows in subtropical areas where the weather is moderate. It is also cultivated in New Zealand and the United States.
Even the flowers of the tree are edible 🙂 and are added to salads.
The fruit is also called pineapple guava and guavasteen. It is a kind of sweet fruit with a flavour that is a mix of guava, pineapple, banana and strawberry.
Feijoa is added to smoothies, yoghurt, juices, ice creams, jam, shakes and what not! It is also enjoyed on its own as a healthy fruit. This fruit is really nutritious for individuals because even a cupful of it is enough to provide you with loads of vitamins and minerals. Want to know what all? Read on!
- Vitamin B1, Thiamin
- Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
- Vitamin B3, Niacin
- Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
- Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
- Vitamin B9, Folate (great deal)
- Vitamin C (great amount)
Woah! Along with all the above it has protein, natural fats and carbs.
It has special benefits for pregnant women-
- Foliates- Feijoa is one fruit that is rich in foliates that are crucial in development of blood cells. Every woman of child bearing age should consume sufficient amounts of folic acid feijoa is a rich source of the same. Consuming insufficient foliates during pregnancy can lead to anemia and other complications.
- Fibre– The fruit has lots of fibre to offer. This is helpful in warding off constipation that occurs during pregnancy and also after the birth of the baby.
- Iodine- There is about 50 to 100 mg iodine in feijoa. This amount is really huge when compared with other fruits. Iodine is essential for everyone.
The other health benefits of feijoa fruit are as follows:
- It helps in enhancing short term memory.
- It fights the damage caused due to free radicals.
- It boosts nerve function.
- It decreases the risk of several cancers.
- It reduces the risk of depression.
- It decreases the chances of anemia.
- It prevents brittle bones
- It protects from gum disease.
- It facilitates healing of injuries.
- It improves lung health.
- It improves blood health
- It prevents repeated bacterial infections
- It is used to treat colds
- It also reduces the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease
Isn’t that a lot of health benefits!
A bit about storage and handling of feijoa
When you buy this fruit, choose ones that are free of blemishes. The fruits should also give a distinct odour. Just like bananas, feijoas are ripe when they are soft. When you cut open the fruit, you will find a jellied section. When the fruit is under-ripe, the jellied part is half white and half clear. When over-ripe, the flesh and jelly part turns brown. As soon as they turn ripe, it would be better to keep them in the fridge.
Types of feijoa fruit
There are 5 kinds of feijoa known till date:
- Feijoa Apollo
- Feijoa Opal Star
- Feijoa Gemini
- Feijoa Pounamu
- Feijoa Kakapo
They all differ a bit from one another with regard to shape, size, taste and fruiting season.
So that was a glimpse of the health benefits of feijoa fruit!
Hope you found this post useful!
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