Produce Pick: Our Guava Request

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Guava

Sorry we’ve been MIA… busy busy around these parts traveling for family. This morning before school we attempted to try a guava although we had NO idea what we were doing or what they are “suppose” to taste like.

As you’ll see in the video. We both though they were “sour sweet” but with the seeds distributed throughout we had no idea how to actually eat it. This is what Produce Picks are all about! EXPERIENCING something new and different and learning… but sometimes we need a little help.

We are asking any guava experts out there willing to share their knowledge as we’ve LOVE to learn how to enjoy this glorious smelling fruit! Here’s our experience with it this morning…

Produce Pick: Our Guava Request

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  1. susiebeeonmaui from eatlittleeatbig

    Roni-we had until recently a guava tree in our back yard. The fruit was prolific and falling and rotting on the ground when we moved in the house. So I stared gathering and pureeing and freezing it because I wasn’t sure what to do with it! It does smell great and I understand that you can eat all of it, skin and seeds included (I peeled mine anyway). I have plans to use the puree to try some cake (guava cake is supposed to be great) and alot of people around here make jam with it. I’ll let you know when I get adventuresome how it turns out.
    Aloha!

  2. Jen

    I have eaten lot of guavas growing up in India. We used to pluck it from the guava tree, wash it and eat with the skin on. We also ate the seeds too. If some seeds were too hard to bite then we would spit that out. I used to eat lot of guavas with the white flesh inside. Red flesh is good too. I have also had guava juice from the international stores. The only guavas I bought in U.S is the small guava with the white flesh inside. We got it from fiesta store.

  3. Priyanka

    Guava is a very common fruit in India. The best way of eating it is to eat it raw. Some people prefer to sprinkle a bit of salt and paprika on top to add some kick. We also make a sweet and slightly spicy guava curry which is a perfect accompaniment to the Indian flat bread, Roti!!

    I love guava!!!

  4. Nicole

    When we were in Maui this summer they had lots of guava. On the road to Hana their was strawberry guavas (little baby ones) everywhere and all of the birds where loving them!

  5. Sheri J

    lol Nicole shared what I was going to. The fruit drops off the trees, the cars make it road pizza, and the birds saunter away from eating it as other cars go by. Saunter is the key word. We thought we were going to hit them until we learned they were smart enough to get out of the way if only at the last second. We started ignoring them until one was just a little slow and he became road pizza too ouch!

  6. Patty

    Never tried a guava myself, but I’ve had the juice/nectar. Don’t see them often in my produce dept, but today I did see a Tamarillo and thought about trying it, (inspired by you), however I wanted to check out what to do w/it first online. Do you just buy the new produce and then research it when you get home or do you look it up first? I don’t want to waste $ buying something I’m totally clueless about, but it is fun to show the kids exotic fruits, they now love pomegranates and star fruit!

  7. roni

    I normally buy and then look up because I like to be surprised! :) Normally what I’m trying is on sale and I only buy just enough to try it. Then if we like it I’ll get more.

  8. RG

    I LOVE guavas and am really happy that I’ve been able to get them reliably from the Asian store. The smaller ones are usually sweeter and have softer seeds. The bigger ones are more firm with harder seeds. I do some mix of chewing the seeds, swallowing them whole, and occasionally spitting them out. Like you said, they’re distributed throughout so it’s difficult to cut around them.

    The local Asian-mart in Germantown has a bunch of new-to-me produce, including rambutan and dragon fruit, neither of them terribly cheap. I researched the dragon fruit and it sounds like the white-fleshed one is more common and almost flavorless, so you have to make sure it’s a pink one. I’m guessing you have these stores in the Baltimore area as well?

  9. Dani

    So funny… I just bought guavas at the farmers market yesterday (first time I have ever seen them in real life) and it was their smell that caught my attention. OMG… the smell SO good! Much like yourself, wasn’t sure what to do with them, the farmer I bought them from said she liked them best eaten raw like an apple with a squish of fresh lime juice. I ate one raw and my hubby blended one into a margarita (Oh how I was wishing I could have one too!!). I guess it’s guava season!

  10. Hally & Adam

    Roni~
    You can peel them and eat them (much like you can peel and apple and eat those too).
    They’re sweet and a little soft to the touch, so ‘The Toddler-who-is-not-such-a-toddler-anymore’ may be weirded out by the texture…think a pink kiwi/papaya texture.

    They are delish with a little citrus! They also make AMAZING jams/jellies for the wintertime.

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