You may have seen guavas in the exotic fruit section of your grocery store, but do you know what to do with them? Here are five ways to eat guava and love them!
1. Eat it like an apple!
Simply give the fruit a good wash, and take a bite! With no core, you can eat the entire fruit, depending on whether or not you prefer to eat the small seeds. You can tell when guavas are ripe and ready to eat as they produce a heady fragrance and yield to gentle pressure like a firm pear. This is when they are at their peak!
2. Slice and enjoy with chilli salt
It’s traditional in some cultures for people eat guava in slices with chilli salt. The spiciness of the salt perfectly complements the light crispness of the fruit and enhances the overall experience! Serve it as a snack before or after dinner—it works both as an appetizer as well as a palate cleanser if you are looking for a hint of sweetness to end your meal.
3. Juice or blend into smoothies
Both white and pink guava add great flavour and a gentle sweetness to juices and smoothies. Because the flavour is mild, it blends well with many other fruits or vegetables. Try blends with some of these other fruits and veggies: apples, bananas, ginger, kiwi, lemon, lime, mango, orange, papaya, pear, pineapple, plum, salad greens, star fruit, and strawberries!
4. Slice or julienne to add to salad or coleslaw
Guavas have a firm crunch! Grate, slice, julienne, or chop them to add to your favourite coleslaw or salad. You can even add them to fruit salads to enjoy as is or as part of a healthy breakfast paired with yogurt and granola. Create a tropical fruit blend for the perfect staycation breakfast.
5. Cook them into sauce or compote to add over oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt or ice cream.
Pink guavas add an incredible pop of colour to your favourite dishes. Cook them down with a sprinkle of sugar and a bit of water to create a pureed sauce. This versatile sauce will amplify the deliciousness of oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream. It would also be lovely as part of a parfait or drizzled over a pavlova.