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What is guayaba or guava fruit?

What is guayaba or guava fruit?

Guayaba or guava is a tropical fruit with a vibrant orange color inside and the size of a medium lemon. We call it guayaba here in Ecuador and in fact, there is another fruit that we call guava.

Although it is unclear whether the fruit originated from Mexico or Central America, this fruit is now cultivated in many tropical countries. We have plenty of them here in Ecuador.

When you spot a guayaba on a tree, you can notice that it ripens from green to yellow-orange when mature, and oftentimes you find them already on the floor, ready for pick up.

 

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Growing up, I remember that my parent’s estate had a large backyard and then an orchard next to it. The backyard was the area to play, for bbq and with a nice lawn and the orchard was the area my dad used to plant anything and everything. One of the trees we had for many years in the orchard was a guayaba tree.

 

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It is impressive finding out that when grown from seed, guayabas bear fruit as early as two years old and continue to do so for as long as 40 years! We did pick up guayabas at home at least twice a year and had huge pots of fresh homemade jam.

 

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What is it, and how is it prepared

A guayaba roja, botanically classified as Psidium guajava, is the fruit of an evergreen shrub or tree that can reach up to ten meters in height.

The fruit can be eaten fresh (although it has numerous small, hard white seeds), made into juice, ice cream, jams, and candy(making dulce de guayaba thick and letting it harden, then cut into cubes to be served as candies.)

To make the dulce the guayaba, you can follow this recipe. https://www.dominicancooking.com/3591/pasta-de-guayaba-guava-paste-candy

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What it tastes like

When you cook guayabas for a while, they start getting sweeter and have a very nice small as well. They are rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C, with moderate levels of folic acid.

 

 

FacebookHow and where to eat it

It is common to see guava or guayaba in jams, sauces, and a sort of candy that is sometimes sold with dulce de leche. It is also something to spread over bread. You can buy cassava or yuca bread with dulce de guayaba in some shops.

 

Although this may not be a jam you can easily find in the grocery store, this can be something you can find in a place offering traditional food or snacks.

Have you tasted guayaba before? Let me know here!

 

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What is guayaba or guava fruit

 

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