The guava is a popular fruit native to South America. It has long since been naturalized to many other warm climate areas of the world, including Southeast Asia, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Florida and Africa. Guava is a traditional meal ingredient for many cultures, including Hawaiian, Pakistan and Indian societies. Once you learn to peel the guava fruit, there are endless ways to enjoy this delicious, vitamin-filled treat.
Things You'll Need
- Melon baller
- Trash can
Purchase a ripe guava that is slightly firm under pressure. Look for a light yellow color to identify the ripest fruit.
Slice the guava in half lengthwise with a knife. Cut evenly to avoid wasting fruit.
Use a melon baller (or knife) to scoop out the fruit, then place it into a bowl.
Remove seeds by hand or with the knife. Empty seeds in the garbage along with the fruit's peel.
Tips & Warnings
- Guava juice can be made by blending and then straining the fruit.
- To make a fruit topping for ice cream, mix and lightly heat guava, guava juice and raw sugar.
- "Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible"; Wolfgang Stuppy and Rob Kesseler; 2008
- "Field Guide to Produce: How to Identify, Select, and Prepare Virtually Every Fruit and Vegetable at the Market"; Aliza Green; 2004
- Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
How to Grow a Guava Tree
The guava (Psidium guajava) is a small shade tree grown for its delicious, lemon-size fruit. High in vitamins A and C, the...
How to Graft Guava Trees
The guava tree's scientific name is Psidium guajava L. This tree thrives in tropical areas, such as India, South America and the...
How to Prepare a Guava
Guava's unique flavor works well with both sweet and savory pairings. Wholly edible, this juicy fruit is simple to prepare.