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Monday, June 20, 2011

GUAVA (Pink Flesh)

Common Name: Guava
Botanical Name: Psidium guajava
Specimens From: Indonesia
Specimens Weight: 210 gm [7.41 oz] (average wgt per fruit)

Guava is a very common tropical fruit, native from Mexico to northern South America. It is now grown or cultivated in most tropical countries.

There are many types of guava but usually round, oval or pear in shape. Green when unripe but some cultivars will stay light green even when it is ripe and some will turn yellow. The fresh may be off-white to cream or pink to red. Do not let it over-ripe as it will turn mushy. Juice it if that is the case. There are also the red skin guava but it is not so common.

The taste is slightly sweet with a strong musky odor but still taste nice. Still hard when it is not so ripe but not so sweet. If you eat it at the right time, it is sweeter and is soft enough but not mushy yet. In some places, the fresh cut guava may be dip in either one or combinations of this: salt, pepper, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and prune salt.

There are numerous seeds in a guava but there are a minor few, seedless varieties. The seeds are mostly found in the center of the fruit but it is quite spread out and within a large proportion of the flesh. Though the seeds are small and edible but it is also very hard and may hurt your teeth if you bite on it. Spit it out if you prefer as those fresh with the seeds are the softest and sweetest part of the fruit

The skin is edible and it will be a waste to peel it, because of the high concentration of vitamins (A,B,C) are found in the skin. This variety, the ripe yellow skin is soft and tasty enough to eat but there are some varieties with hard and bitter skin. So you decide, nutrient or taste is more important?

Guava is one of the super fruits, which is packed with numerous nutritions. It is very high in Vitamin C and in antioxidant. Great in potassium and fibre too, among others. The pink fresh is slightly better than white, as it contains more beta carotene plus others.

Guava Juice, Pink
Make a guava juice or smoothie. It is a nice, thick and pinky juice with a distinct guava aroma but not that sweet on its own. It is a very healthy drink! But you may add milk, sugar or other sweeter fruit juice to enhance the flavour to your preferences.

Fruit: Guava; Psidium guajava; Mytaceae.

Other fruits in the same family: Surinam Cherry, Guava [greenskin/yellow flesh]

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Benefits of Eating Fruits said...

Looks tasty about to make it tomorrow, since I have nothing else to do. I love fruit so much, always looking to make new things in my free time.

Health Info said...

Great article, looks absolutely delicious too! I'm going to have to try some new recipes with it. Thanks for sharing.