Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Feijoa and lemon zest cordial








Krzyszof gave us a bag full of Feijoa. With mine, and the one Carolyn gave us, we have been eating them everyday, and using them for smoothies. But because the feijoa season is short I though of freezing some for winter, to make smoothies when we don't have so much fresh fruit. To freeze them it is better to peel them and cut them into two, so that they can blend better.




But before peeling them I wanted to keep some zest. I wanted to make a liqueur, and then the kids complained: they cannot drink alcohol! "Mamma, can you make a cordial please?".




I collected the zest from 12 large feijoa (wash them well first), added the zest of half a lemon, placed everything in a pot with 500 ml of water and 100 g of sugar. Boiled the lot for 5 minutes (to dissolve the sugar), then covered with a lid and let it rest overnight. In the morning I strained the 'syrup' and bottled it.




Now the kids have their cordial (a real treat, as I don't usually have sugary cordials in the house) in a fancy bottle. Just need to add a finger of it in a full glass of water and enjoy: delicate, refreshing, and with a note of exotic fruit :-).


Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


32 comments:

  1. Che bello ! Non ne ho mai mangiate cone sono ?

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  2. Natalia: Hanno un sapore un po' come il guava, ma piu' 'citrino', ed un profumo incredibile, molto esotico :-).

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  3. Wow! How exotic!! And I'm sure you could also create a really terrific cocktail with that cordial!

    hope your Easter was great!!

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  4. Che invidia!!!Come vorrei assaggiarlo!

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  5. Ma che cosa particolare!! Sembrano piccoli limoni, credi che si trovino facilmente qui in sicilia?

    Ciao e grazie,

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  6. Non ne conoscevo l'esistenza, comunque il liquore dev'essere fantastico perche penso rassomigliante al nostro lemoncino...ciao.

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  7. Thanks for introducing me to feijoa. lemon zest will enhance the taste.

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  8. oh Alessandra, I will make cordial with this recipe, too. We have buckets and buckets each day, and they are just gone in minutes! I think I am going to freeze some too, thanks for the idea! Oh, Alessandra I love you so much!! hehehe

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  9. che bella idea alessandra, quella dello sciroppo home-made.
    che poi mi ha fatto scoprire come si dice sciroppo in inglese ;-)

    io la feijoa non l'ho mai assaggiata, anche se ho rischiato quest'inverno, e magari il prossimo lo farò, però l'idea dello sciroppo resta mooooooolto valida!
    mi piace un sacco quella bottiglia...

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  10. @ Red Nomad, mmmhh, possibly a nice vodka and feijoa cocktail :-). But I don't drink much, I like the idea more for the glass (nicely decorated) than for actually consuming it!

    @ Tiziana, mi hanno detto che in Sardegna qualcuno li pianta, quindi forse crescono anche in Sicilia. Sono originari del Sud Amarica, e non so come mai sono diventati cosi' comuni nei giardini neozelandesi.

    @ Arfi:
    Love you too Arfi!!!! hahahaha! It is true, there are too many for a month, and then nothing for 11 months, it is a pity! Freeze me on trays, a few at the time, just like berries, and then when they are frozen and they wont stick to each others, you can put them in bags.

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  11. @ Gaia

    la bottiglia e' una vecchia bottiglia di grappa, e il tappo e' di Alessi :-)

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  12. Oh wow these look amazing..I am not familar with this fruit at all. Hugs .xxo

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  13. What a beautiful drink and bottle. I would love to try feijoa fruit someday.

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  14. That's a very beautiful drink. You have a lovely space here and I am happy to follow you. Thanks for leaving your comment on my blog.

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  15. qui la feijoa si trova, e il procedimento, mi pare di capire è come il mio rosolio al limone, non il limoncello è diverso, si trova ma bisogna trovarla, provo al mio mercato rionale, c'è un banco che vende frutta e verdura di varie zone del mondo....baci

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  16. I always make sure that I order feijoa items when I visit NZ! Oh to have a bounty of fresh ones! :

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  17. No feijoas in Australia Lorraine?

    Tamara, volevo fare un liquore, ma poi ho fatto uno sciroppo per i bimbi :-)

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  18. I love feijoas, yum! I could do this!
    Happy Birthday Ale!

    XXXX
    J.

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  19. These Feijoa are new to me! I'm so curious to know what they taste like ;)

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  20. Your photos today are worthy of an upscale magazine. Your cordial sounds delicious and I'm sure the children will enjoy it. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  21. Ciao Alessandra, grazie mille della visita ma grazie soprattutto di avermi fatto conoscere il tuo blog e le tue splendide fotografie. non vedo l'ora di scambiarci le ricette =) a presto, Chiara

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  22. I have never thought of using the zest of fejoas before. What a fantastic idea, thinking lovely topped with soda & maybe even a splash of vodka ;)

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  23. Fabulous idea Alessandra, with so many feijoas around it is good to have more ideas. Might have to make the boozy version :0)

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  24. Oh how I miss Feijoas! We seemed to have timmed our move to Australian at the worst possible time. Our trees at home were laden :-(
    Thanks for introducing yourself, I'm really lookin foward to reading more on your site :-)

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