The meaty, gritty guava fruit is known for its aromatic, “tutti-frutti” flavor. The approximately 100 guava species, originating from the tropical Americas, are responsible for the wide variety of guava fruit available. They can be yellow, maroon or green outside and off-white or deep pink inside. The amount of seeds is variable too. Considered a “superfruit” for their high antioxidant content, guavas are often used for purees, juices, syrups and preserves.
In selecting fresh guavas, it’s important to choose fragrant fruit. They will ripen at room temperature and should never be refrigerated before they are fully ripe.
Varieties of Guavas at the market