GUAVA

The guava is a big type of berry, usually oval in shape, with a light yellow or green skin and white, pink or dark-red edible flesh. Most varieties contain small edible seeds inside. The fruit emits a strong, sweet, pungent fragrance. Their flavour ranges from strawberry or lemon to tropical.

Guava is native to the American tropics - it is believed to have originated from the region between Peru and Mexico.

GUAVA are classed as a fruit.

Tips

Served fresh, guavas taste delicious simply sliced and topped with a little sugar and cream. Add to other tropical fruits for a salad. Guava also work well with cheeses and in apple dishes, or as sauces for meat & poultry. They can also be made into preserves.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 31 kcal, 129 kJ; protein 0.5g; carbohydrate 7.2g; fat 0.4g.

Preparation

Do not peel guavas because the edible rind contains a lot of vitamin C (five times more than an orange). Simply, cut in half, sprinkle with a little lemon juice and eat flesh and seeds with spoon, discarding the skin.

Storage

As with many tropical fruit, do not keep guavas in the refrigerator. Store at room temperature for a few days, using soon after purchase.

Choosing

Choose guavas that are firm and free from bruises or damage. Guavas turn from green to yellow as they ripen, soften to the touch, and develop a fragrant fruity aroma.

Fun Fact

Guavas are members of the clove and eucalyptus family.

Availability

Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.

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Brazil