Guava: The Underutilized Native Tropical Fruit


 

 

by Erin McCleary

Many people do not know what the Guava fruit is, but it packs some serious punch in the nutritional and flavor departments! Check out the nutritional facts below and read on to learn more about this antioxidant-filled fruit:

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What is Guava Fruit?

             Guava is a tropical fruit that is grown primarily in the tropical Americas and sold to countries around the world. Among all the different types and variations of guava, the apple guava (above) is the most common and most commonly eaten among consumers.

            Guavas are grown on Guava trees, with beautiful blossoming white flowers. The largest producers of guava in the U.S. include Florida and Hawaii primarily because of their warm, tropical climates yielding the best quality guavas on the market. But when should you be looking for guavas on the market? Well, they are harvested in 2 – 3 day cycles at a time during the months of August to October and then February to March. Sometimes Florida harvests all year long, but the quality of the guavas may suffer as a result.

 How to buy Guava?

             Going to the grocery to buy something entirely new can be overwhelming, but following the tips to purchase a perfect guava will help!

            It is suggested to buy yellow guavas over green. The skin should be smooth, not bruised, and neither too soft nor too hard. There is a balance to purchasing the right ones. Once you have them home, be sure to let them ripen at room temperature and only put them in the refrigerator for 1-2 days once they are already ripe.

How to Eat Guava…       

            Eating guava is just the same as eating an apple except that you can safely consume the guava seeds if you so choose. Guava can also be used to make an assortment of jams, jellies, marmalades, chutneys, sauces, and it can be baked into desserts like pies, puddings, and ice cream. There are guava fruit juices and beverages on the market as well. Being able to so easily consume guava, gives no one an excuse not to give this beautiful, tasty fruit a try! Your body will thank you later!

 

References

 Brown, Amy. Understanding Food Principles & Preparation. California: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2011. Book.

“Buy ‘Fresh From Florida’: Guava” Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 2013. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.

“Guava: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, & Warnings.” WebMD. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 2009. Web. 20 Nov. 2013

The Visual Food Lover’s Guide. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley Sons, Inc., 2009. Book.

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