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How to Eat White Guava

Kristie Leong M.D. is a family practitioner who believes in the power of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to prevent and fight illness.

Delicious white guava

Delicious white guava

How to Eat White Guava

Are you wondering how to eat white guava? White guavas are delicious fruits that pack a powerful nutritional punch. This exotic tropical fruit is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and dietary fiber.

They also contain polyphenols, natural compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and lycopene, which is an antioxidant linked to a lower risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.

Most People Enjoy White Guava for Its Taste

The nutrition you get when you enjoy guava is a perk but the reason most people reach for one is its taste. White guava has a sweet and tart flavor with musky undertones. When you bite into white guava, the crisp flesh gives way to tender seeds that are soft but not mushy.

You can enjoy white guava fresh, frozen, or canned, but fresh guava offers the richest taste experience. Also, some grocery stores offer bottled white guava juice.

How to Select White Guava to Eat

Before knowing how to eat white guava, you must first know how to pick one. When shopping for fresh white guavas, look for pale yellow fruits with a slight green tinge.

Avoid fruits that have bruises or brown spots on the surface. Also, pass on fruits that are too hard or green. Both of these signs suggest that the fruit isn't ready to eat yet.

The best way to gauge the ripeness of a fruit or vegetable is by smell and touch. Look for one that has soft skin that gives a little under pressure (it should feel like the fleshy part of your thumb). If it still feels hard, wait another day or two before testing again.

You can also find white guava in the frozen food section of your grocery store. It's usually whole, frozen, and peeled. If you're trying to avoid added sugars, buy unsweetened guava juice.

Sliced white guava

Sliced white guava

How to Eat White Guava

To eat fresh white guava, cut the fruit into two halves using a sharp knife. Scrape the flesh out of the inside with a spoon. You can eat white guava as a standalone fruit, but it’s also delicious in cereals and oatmeal.

If you're having a hot bowl of oatmeal topped with nuts and fruit, add some white guava slices or diced pieces. If you're having cold cereal in the morning, drizzle maple syrup over the top and add a few pieces of white guava. Yum!

White Guava Is Great in Smoothies

White guavas offer a tasty addition to any smoothie that doesn't have too much liquid. They're juicy enough that they won't get lost among other ingredients as berries or bananas could. Plus, they add natural sweetness.

Simple White Guava Smoothie Recipe

  1. Put ice cubes into a blender with two tablespoons each of sliced banana and diced white guava.
  2. Add yogurt and cover with two inches of liquid.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve with garnishes such as crushed nuts or seeds.

Frozen White Guava Is Tasty and Convenient

If you're eating frozen white guava: Thaw it in your fridge overnight or on a countertop for one to two hours before eating.

You can also microwave frozen guava until thawed if you are short on time. Eat the flesh as is or add it to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, or cakes.

Some people also use pureed or diced guava to create delectable desserts, including cookies, cakes, muffins, brownies, and cheesecake. Its sweetness makes it a natural for decadent desserts.

White guava juice

White guava juice

It's Delightful in Savory Dishes Too

The tart, slightly acidic taste of guava also makes it a star player in savory dishes. Add it to salads, salsa, or guacamole. It’s also a popular addition to meat dishes, especially pork and chicken.

Here's another tip: Substitute guava for tomatoes in chutney and salsa recipes for added sweetness.

Make White Guava Juice

What could be more refreshing than a cup of naturally sweet white guava juice? You can buy bottled white guava juice at some natural food markets or make it at home.

White Guava Juice Recipe

Materials

  • A blender or a food processor.
  • Strainer
  • A knife to cut the fruit

Instructions

  1. Wash and peel the fruit.
  2. Cut it into quarters and place each quarter into the blender one at a time.
  3. Blend for about two minutes until smooth.
  4. Strain the pulp through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any seeds or fibers.
  5. Repeat until all of your guavas are processed into liquid form.
  6. Enjoy!

You can also use a home juice maker to make white guava juice.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to eat white guava, enjoy its naturally sweet taste and nutritional benefits. It’s a tasty but also a delightful addition to your favorite dishes!

References:

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.