In this article, we're answering your biggest questions about guava fruit. What does it taste like? How's the texture? How do you eat it? Read on to find out.
Let's begin, shall we?
What Does Guava Fruit Taste Like?
The flavor of guava fruit is tropical indeed. It's sweet with a flowery essence and comes across like something between a pear, a mango and a strawberry.
If you eat a guava that hasn't reached full maturity, it will have a sharp tang to it. Fully ripened guavas may be a tiny bit acidic, but they shouldn't be sour.
The inside of the guava fruit has a creamy texture that's often compared to the flesh of a pear. It's soft but firm enough to sink your teeth into.
The seeds of the fruit can be a little on the tougher side with a grainy sort of feel to them. They're pretty small, so you can easily maneuver around them.
Do You Eat the Seeds of a Guava?
You can definitely eat the seeds. It's up to you whether you want to or not. There's nothing wrong with scooping them out and tossing them, but many people enjoy them.
The biggest impediment to eating the seeds is the hard texture. Some seeds are harder than others, so you may need to assess your desire to eat them on a case-by-case basis.
Can You Eat Guava Raw?
You sure can. You can eat it like an apple with the skin on, the major difference being that you need to spit out the seeds of the apple. Some people prefer fresh guava with a little flavor-enhancing salt.
You may have heard of guava juice. You can run fresh guava through a juicer and make a sweet, refreshing fruit juice with all the essence of the guava. If you don't have a juicer, you can use a blender and then strain the pulp through a sieve.
How Do You Know When a Guava Is Ripe and Ready to Be Eaten?
Luckily for us, there are telltale signs in the skin of the fruit when it's ripe. Young guava fruits start out a vivid green and mellow into a yellowish color when they're ready to be eaten, perhaps with a light pink tinge.
The scent of the fruit also develops as it ripens, becoming deeper and sweeter. If you're trying to accelerate the ripening process, place it in a paper bag with an apple or a banana.
Guava Serving Tips
Did you know you can cook with guava? Add it to sauces, summery drinks, jams and anything you want. To get a feel for how you can use it, watch these quick video recipes with guided instructions.
This is a recipe for Cuban pastelitos de guayaba y queso, or little guava and cheese pastries. We're using vegan cream cheese here, and the results are ridiculously good.
Here are the ingredients for these pastelitos:
- Vegan puff pastry
- Vegan cream cheese
- Guava paste (you can make your own with fresh guava, sugar and boiling water)
- Vegan milk (optional)
This guava and mint mocktail is what you need on your next staycation. Or any time, really.
The ingredients are:
- Guava juice
Guavas are sweet fruits with tasting notes like mango, pear and strawberry. They can be eaten raw, skin, seed and all, or cooked and made into pastries and desserts. Whether you use guava in your mocktails or fruit salad, you really can't go wrong.