Guava: Tips and Tricks

Guava’s reputation precedes itself. Although many Americans are aware of guava’s sweet, juicy flavor, only a few have actually eaten the fruit itself. This isn’t to say that guava’s infamy is unwarranted however; the multitalented fruit more than earns its reputation when eaten fresh or added to sweet treats. Back up your love of the tropical fruit with some simple guava knowledge.

  • Guavas can differ a lot in size, flavor, and texture between varieties. Generally, expect to find a round or oval fruit that’s similar in size to an orange, with a fruity, slightly floral flavor and creamy texture.
  • Attention! The entirety of your guava, from rind to seed, is edible and loaded with nutritional benefits. In fact, the rind is even an exceptional source of vitamin C. Those who go straight for the creamy fruit shouldn’t worry about being left out either; guava has a higher concentration of lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable.
  • The best guavas should feel soft and give to light pressure. It’s important to note that ripe guavas have a short shelf life (often lasting 2-3 days before spoiling), so use them as quickly as possible.
    • Don’t let an overripe guava go to waste. You can pump up your brunch menu by using those extra soft guavas in jams or jellies!
  • Refrigerating your guava will help extend its shelf life. On the flip side, if it appears underripe, leave it on the counter for a day or two to speed up the process.
  • Did you know? Guava’s scent often mirrors its taste, so give yours a whiff for a flavor sneak peek!