Guava is a tropical fruit that’s cultivated in most subtropical and tropical regions around the world. It is native to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.
Guava is packed with fiber and nutrients and has few calories as well. They are usually eaten fresh, turned into drinks, or are used for jam or other recipes and dishes.
If you have never tried guava, it is said to taste like a mixture between the flavors of pear and strawberry.
Below, we discuss whether or not guavas ripen after being picked.
Do Guavas Ripen After Being Picked?
Guava is one of many fruits that do indeed ripen after they are picked. That said, if you pick guava before it reaches a decent size, it may not have the flavor you are hoping for when it is fully ripe. For that reason, try to leave your guava growing until it has reached full size and is at least beginning to turn ripe.
How Do You Ripen Guavas?
Generally speaking, guava ripens just fine at room temperature, making the kitchen counter an ideal place for them. The brown paper bag trick also works nicely, just remember to place a banana or apple in the bag when with fruit before you fold the top down and set it on the counter. On the other hand, if you’d like to slow down the ripening process, you can treat them with edible wax.
How to Tell if Guavas is Ripe?
Guava that is ripe is soft to the touch when you squeeze it. If it is truly ripe it also has a fruity aroma to it as well. You will be able to smell ripe guava without even leaning in for a sniff, you’ll notice the aroma as soon as you pick it up.
How Long Does Guava Take to Ripen?
Generally speaking, guava takes between 20 weeks and 28 weeks to ripen properly. That’s counting from when the tree flowers. That means in tropical regions two crops of guava may be grown each year.
Is Ripe or Unripe Guava Better to Eat?
Both unripe and ripe guava is good to eat. Fully ripened guava usually tastes sweeter than not quite ripe fruit, but that doesn’t make slightly unripe guava less tasty. Even more, unripe guava has more carbs too.