One of the many perks of Summer travel season is the opportunity to discover new, unknown foods — and often included in that category are undiscovered fruits and vegetables. Sadly, it's not in my budget to be headed anywhere abroad this year, but I've still had a chance to sample plenty of exotic fruits stateside. After I couldn't stop raving about its feijoas, specialty produce purveyor Frieda's overzealously sent over what seemed like an entire crate of rambutans. I'd only seen pictures of them before, and staring the prickly, dark-pink creatures in the face sent chills down my spine. How did I tackle my initial fear? To find out, read on.
I love discovering lesser-known fruits — my recent finds include white sapotes and tayberries — so I couldn't say no when specialty produce company Frieda's offered to send me an exotic fruit called the feijoa. Pronounced "fe-ho-a," feijoas (also known as pineapple guavas or guavasteens) originated in South America and are related to — you guessed it — the guava. Learn more about them when you keep reading.