Guava is a tropical fruit which is well known for its deliciousness and for the various health benefits provided by it. It is native to Central and South America, and as well as some parts of Mexico. The size of guava ranges from 2 to 6 inches and is available in many varieties.
A perfectly ripen guava has a strong smell with a slight hint of lemon in it. Depending on the way guava gets ripened they can be either sweet or sour, and color of their flesh also varies from white to dark pink. Because of their diversity and versatility, they are also being used for medicinal and culinary uses.
Guava is a good source of many essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and polyphenols, etc. that provides amazing benefits to us. However, in order to enjoy these benefits, we need to know how to eat guava in the right manner.
Selecting perfect guava is not rocket science and one can do it just by keeping a few points in mind.
How to choose the right guava
Guava is one of the several fruits that you can add to your favorite fruit smoothie and the dessert dish. You might be tempted to do the same and see how the guava enhances the flavor of the smoothie.
However, you can’t just pick any guava as picking the wrong guava will ruin the smoothie.
There are some indicators such as size, color, texture, smell and also the season which you can look to find the perfect guava.
Some of these indicators are as follows.
(1) Color– As the guava starts ripening it develops a solid green color. However, during the later stage of ripening it changes to light green in color, and also carries a glimpse of yellow and pink.
Change in the color is a good indicator that it’s time to pluck the guava from the tree as otherwise it will lose its flavor and will become mushy.
(2) Smell– As mentioned earlier guava has a strong favorable smell. This smell gets even stronger when guava is fully ripened. At this time, the aroma of the guava is so strong that you will notice it even from the distance, and there is no need to bring it close to your nose and sniff it.
The smell of a fully ripened guava is hard to ignore.
(3) Texture– This is the third indicator which you can look at to identify the guava. When the guava starts to ripen it is very firm and rigid. However, when the fruit becomes ripe it’s appearance is similar to that of ripened avocado.
Guava is ready for harvesting when it’s rind can be pushed in.
Sometimes ripened guava have large blemishes and bruises on them. Avoid these guavas as the blemishes and bruises are an indicator that guava has gone bad due to over-ripening.
(4) Size– Guava is a fruit which you can easily hold in your hand. It’s size ranges from 2 to 6 inches, and they attain their full size even before the ripening.
(5) Season– When it comes to guava, there is no such thing as seasonal fruit. They are available throughout the year and you can enjoy them whether it’s summer or winter.
So, while picking guava, there is no need to worry about whether it’s the correct season for this fruit or not, and you should focus on the other indicators we have talked about.
How to Wash And Cut Guava
Picking up the correct guava for our smoothie or general consumption is like winning half the battle, and now we will know how to wash and cut guava the right way.
There are some steps that you need to follow to enjoy the guava.
Step 1- This process involves washing the guava thoroughly to get rid of bacteria, pesticides, fertilizers and other compounds present on the rind of the guava. As rind of the guava is eatable so it is important to ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned so that the small particles of the pesticides don’t end up in your stomach.
Step 2- If you have many guavas and would like to finish them over a couple of days then you can pat dry them and then store them in the refrigerator.
How to Pat Dry Guava
Pat drying the guava involves the following steps
- Washing the guava thoroughly
- Cutting the guava into small slices.
- Drying the freshly cut guava slices to remove the water and the moisture from it.
- There are many methods you can use to remove the moisture. You can leave the freshly cut guava slices in the open air and let the air absorb all the water and moisture. However, make sure that you don’t put them under direct sunlight.
In the second method, you can use a microwave to pat dry the guava. Preheat the microwave oven at its minimum setting and then put guava slices in it. Keep in mind that we just want to dry them up, and don’t want to cook them. So, take care of the temperature and setting.
The third method of pat drying guava involves the use of a dehydrator.
Step 3- Guava is a fruit which can be eaten as a whole. There is no need to remove the seeds or the rind. However, if you don’t like the rind then you can simply scoop out the flesh of the guava and enjoy it.
Also, some varieties of guava have big seeds that should be removed before eating. A common variety of guava that we see in the market is apple guava and contains very small seeds.
Step 4- Guava is a dense fruit which means some people may find it hard to eat. The solution for this to cut the guava fruit into the small slices while keeping the rind intact.
The inner side (flesh side) of the guava is very soft and is easier to eat.
Step 5- Cutting and eating guava slices is one way to enjoy this healthy fruit, but there are ways to make them even more delicious.
You can enjoy the guava slices while dipping them in the soy sauce or you can also sprinkle a little salt on them. It will enhance the flavor. These slices can also be caramelized.
Different Guava Recipe Ideas
Guava goes well with many foods which means you can add them to a wide variety of food items. This is good because it means that even those who don’t like it as the fruit will be able to enjoy it with ease.
Some of the ways in which you can enjoy the guava fruit are as follows:-
- Boiling the guava slices- In this method, guava is cut into small slices ( but not very small) and then boiled in water until they become extremely tender. These can be then added to different cakes, dessert and as well as fruit salads to enhance their flavor.
- Added to Barbecue sauce- This involves juicing a freshly cut guava and then adding the juice to the barbecue juice or the cocktail.
- Making Glazes & Marinades– Guavas are available in many varieties and have sweetness in them. Because of this, they are also used for making glazes and the marinades.
- Making Jello- Kids love jello, and you can use guava to make some delicious jello for your kids. Even better, you can saute’ the guava to make a warm caramelized syrup which can serve as an excellent topping for the pancakes and the waffles.
- Added to Meat Dish- Guava has a sweet taste which means it can be well complemented by savory flavors. For this reason, some people like to add guava to the meat dishes as a sweet side.
- As Jelly & Jam- Not just jello, but you can also use guava to make jam and jelly. Turning guava to jam and jelly is even better as you can then enjoy them for a long time.
Now, let’s cover some of the commonly asked questions about guava
(1) Can we eat guava seeds?
Yes, guava seeds are safe to eat and if you have ingested them along with the guava fruit then there is no need to worry.
In fact, guava is one of the few fruits which can be eaten as a whole without worrying about the removal of seeds. The most popular and commonly available variety of guava is apple guava which has very small seeds that are not even (much) noticeable. However, some varieties of guavas have large seeds and can be easily removed.
(2) How to remove seeds from the guava?
To remove seeds from the guava, cut it into four to six pieces and then use the end of the spoon to gently push out the seeds away from the guava flesh. You can also use your thumb to remove the seeds.
(3) Is it safe to eat guava at night?
Guava is a good source of several essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and dietary fibers, etc., and is also considered as a poor man’s apple.
The laxative nature of the guava due to the presence of dietary fibers ensures that you are able to relive your bowels without any discomfort. So, by this logic, it is safe ( and best) to eat guava at night.
However, there is also one thing that you should keep in mind. Guava has a cold tendency which means it increases the risk of getting cold.
If you have a weak immune system, and if you are dealing with the cold then it is not a good idea to eat guava at night as it will worsen the situation.
(4) How to know if guava has gone bad?
Blemishes and bruises on the rind of the guava are an indication that guava has gone bad, and won’t taste good. When guava ripens it changes color from dark green to yellowish green and this is the guava you should look for.
A touch of pink color on the fruit indicates that the fruit is in its best form.
(5) How does guava taste like?
Taste of guava ranges from sweet to sour depending on the ripeness of the fruit. It taste can be defined as a combination between a pear and a strawberry. This fruit is an excellent thirst quencher.
Some varieties of the guava have a very sweet smell and taste like grapefruit and pear combined. If the guava you have picked for eating releases a pleasant sweet smell then it’s an indication that you have selected the right guava.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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