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How can I make guavas taste good?

I’ve recently discovered that the mystery fruit tree we inherited with this house is a guava.

I hate guavas. At least the juice; and the one I just attempted to eat off the tree.

Help! It’s well established, and shades my vegetables, so what can I do to make them edible?

I’m thinking sugar. Lots and lots of sugar :P

Any recipes please? Thank you.

Posted over 8 years ago

I just posted a recipe for guava jelly to your other post. Hope that helps. :)

That said, Guavas and their jelly aren’t popular with everyone. But they do tend to have a strong following of fans, so, if you make the guavas into jelly and still don’t like them, then you can always sell or barter the fruit or the jelly!
Or try making guava paste, a popular Brazilian, Cuban, Colombian, and Mexican dessert which is also quite sweet: (info) (recipe).

Guava can also be made into fruit leather —a treat like a kids’ fruit roll-up.

You could also prune the tree so that more sun reaches the veggies, if you can’t enjoy, trade off, or sell the guava products.
The tree I have here was recently heavily pruned, removing about 1/2 its upper foliage, and still produces a good amount of fruit! Not the 8-10 pounds of fruit per month that it yielded pre-pruning, but I can still get about a pound or 2 per month, since the pruning. :)

Posted over 8 years ago

Thank you so much, I will try that.

Here’s a couple of photos of the fruit I picked today. It’s ripe right? It looks more vibrantly pink than these photos show. Thank you.

Posted over 8 years ago

and again…..

Posted over 8 years ago

Yes, that guava is definitely ripe!
Looks like the same variety as the tree here, which used to produce 8-10 lbs. fruit per month before the landowner pruned it back hard.
In Texas and Mexico they call this variety Strawberry Guava because of its pink flesh, but in Hawaii it is just called a Pink guava. :)

Posted over 8 years ago

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