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Guava Fruit – Move over Apples

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Just like most fruits, there are dozens of varieties of guavas being grown in the world today. They can be round, oval, or pear-shaped, and the skin color may range from green to yellow. Once sliced open the pulp can be white, yellow, pink, or red. Small, brown-colored seeds are lurking within the center of the fruit, although seedless varieties have been developed in recent years.


I was first introduced to guavas by a young man who used to work for us. He found great joy in introducing me to new fruits that he grew up on. The first thing that I noticed was the fragrant aroma that it gave off. Food always goes to my nose for inspection. I am a super-smeller, hehe. Next, I was surprised by the strong flavor. He must have selected some perfectly ripe ones, which was smart. First impressions are always important.

To enjoy guavas, you can eat them fresh like apples or combine guava slices with other salad ingredients. You can either eat the whole guava (rind and all) or scoop out the insides. Either way, you’re in for a delicious treat. There are many different types of guava fruits on the market, here are just a few…


How to Select a Guava

Visual Inspection

  • Look at the color of the fruit.
  • When it changes from bright green to light yellow with a touch of pink, depending on cultivar, it is ready to pick.
  • You want to try to select guavas that are blemish-free. Blemishes or bruises can mean the fruit is bad or will not taste good.

Sweet Aroma

  • Smell the fruit.
  • The aroma of the guava changes when it is ripe becoming musky, sweet, and “penetrating,” so you should be able to smell it without having to put the fruit up to your nose.

Under Pressure

  • Press gently on the rind of the fruit.
  • Whether the skin is thin or thick, depending on variety, a ripe guava should be slightly soft under pressure.
  • The softer a guava is, the sweeter and more delicious it will be. Keep in mind that because guavas are best when extremely soft, they are also extremely perishable.
  • When unripe, the fruits are very astringent.

Storage & Riping

  • Ripe guavas can be stored in the refrigerator for two days.
  • Guavas purchased or picked when green and hard continue to ripen when kept at room temperature.
  • Place green guavas in a paper bag with a banana or apple for faster ripening.
  • Be sure to wash the entire guava; store-bought guavas may be treated with edible wax to delay ripening. The rinds are actually edible so be sure to rinse the fruit with cold water meets quell any bacterial growth. Pat your guavas dry with paper towels.

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