Feijoa crop volumes rise despite drought

It's shaping up to be a bumper season.
It's shaping up to be a bumper season. Photo credit: Supplied

The drought conditions which have hit many regions have failed to dent New Zealand's feijoa crop.

Feijoas are coming into season, and will peak in April and remain in plentiful supply until the end of June. 

Feijoa Association director Julia Third said growers had managed to handle the dry conditions.

"This year's drought provided an extra challenge, however for orchards with irrigation the fruit size will be on par with previous years," said Third.

This year's crop was approximately 20 percent higher than last year's volume, with around 1500 tonnes expected to be harvested this season.

Third said the fruit was popular among New Zealanders for its taste and health benefits.

"Feijoas are really high in vitamin C. With the flu season coming up, it's more important than ever to consume plenty of fresh fruit to boost our immune systems and fight off any coughs, colds or bugs." 

Feijoas are successfully grown in many parts of the country including Nelson/Tasman, Gisborne, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Auckland and in the Far North.