The flesh of a guava has a pleasant creamy tropical apple taste.  It is filled with tiny edible seeds -- the perfect size to easily get stuck in your teeth.  They are typically small and round, usually ranging golf ball size or a little larger, although some guavas are larger and oval, pear or irregular in shape.  The flesh ranges in color from a creamy yellow, bubble gum pink, to a strawberry red.  When ripe, they emit a appealing musky fragrance that can fill your kitchen if you have enough of them.

Because they are chock full of phytonutrients and antioxidants, the guava is often put into the "super food" category of greatness.  I believe that all fruit belongs in this category because all fruit promotes supports optimal health.  They have one of the highest amounts of antioxidants of any food – helping to prevent premature aging and cancer.

In Spanish speaking counties they are known as guayaba and in Brazil they are called goiaba.

Known Varieties: 

about 100

When in season: 
How to select: 

A ripe guava should have a fragrant odor and give slightly to pressure.  Guavas can be picked early because they do ripen off the tree. 

How to eat: 

The entirety of the guava can be eaten – flesh, seeds and skin.  It is one of the easier foods to snack on.

Native to: 

Mexico, Central America and northern South America

  • Guavas were domesticated in Peru several thousand years ago.  Archeologists have found the stored seeds of the guava along with other important agricutural crops such as corn and squash.
Medicinal uses: 
  • A decoction of the leaves and bark is used as a cure for diarrhea dysentery, sore throats, nausea, vertigo and to regulate menstruation.
  • Leaves are used to tighten vaginal walls after childbirth.
  • Decoction of the bark and leaves is used for open sores and wounds on the skin.
  • A cup of the juice is also useful for diarrhea.
  • used to tone and protect the heart.
  • The seed of the guava can produce a fruit bearing tree in four years.
  • It is classified as a berry by botinists.
Serving Size: 
One Fruit
Nutritional Highlights: 

One of the tops sources of antioxidants, guavas prevent free radical damage from environmental and lifestyle stressors –reducing the likeliness of things such as cancer or premature aging of the skin.

Also rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, lycopene, potassium and B complex.

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