Healtheries Feijoa Infusion

Feijoa is a fruit nat­ive to South America. I’d nev­er heard of such a fruit until vis­it­ing D’s grand­moth­er in New Zealand where the fei­joa is a pop­u­lar garden tree and the fruit is com­monly avail­able in sea­son. The fruit weren’t yet ripe on her tree, though, so instead I tried fei­joa nec­tar from the loc­al super­mar­ket. It was much grit­ti­er than guava nec­tar, yet the altern­at­ive name for a fei­joa — pine­apple guava — is quite appro­pri­ate: it tastes like a green apple guava with the sour sweet­ness of a pine­apple.

With a pleas­ant enough first exper­i­ence with fei­joa, I picked up Healtheries Feijoa Infusion. Infusing for 4 minutes in 200 ml of boil­ing water gave a golden liquor and a sweet fruity aroma. This fruity sweet­ness is car­ried through to the first sips and reminds of the fleshy, softer parts of a guava, before giv­ing way to very faintly sour bit­ter fin­ish, much like that from a fresh pine­apple. So, this tea tastes like the nec­tar without the grit. A fan of the fruit — an acquired taste to an extent — would be a fan of this tea.

This box of Healtheries Feijoa Infusion con­tained 20 tea bags. It was packed in New Zealand and pur­chased in Auckland, New Zealand in 2014.