Fresh Guava with Yogurt ~ when you have an ingredient as uniquely wonderful as fresh ripe guava, simple is best ~ I add it to some creamy yogurt, honey, and wheatgerm for a healthy and super delicious way to start the day.
I found these tiny pink guavas at the farmer’s market yesterday, and then spent way too long searching the Internet for a creative way to use them. I came up with a lot of results for drinks, and a few other oddities, but most of the recipes called for guava nectar, not the actual fruit. I finally realized that the best answer came right from the woman selling the fruit. Her English was broken, but her sign language was clear — she took a small paring knife and sliced up one of the small fragrant fruits and handed it to me. The flesh is smooth and creamy, with the texture of a ripe pear. The flavor reminds me of pineapple, but smoother and rounder. But it’s the aroma that sets this fruit apart, it’s exotic and flowery. In fact, after you’ve peeled and sliced a guava, the fragrance will linger on your fingers for hours, like a beautiful fruit perfume. After a day of sitting in a bowl on the counter the house smelled like a tropical paradise. That peachy pink color is another reason to track these down and give them a try.
Guava originated in Mexico and Central America. They also happy in Florida, Hawaii, and California, and they have an almost year round season. If you’re lucky enough to live in the right climate, they are apparently easy to grow in the backyard.
Even though the fruit was small and soft, I peeled them easily with my serrated peeler, I love that tool, and I use it almost every day. It’s like a regular vegetable peeler, but with sharp little serrated teeth, and it takes the peel off soft, hard to peel fruits like ripe kiwi or peaches, without any squishing.
I halved them lengthwise, and scooped out the seeds before slicing them into little wedges. They are small, but they really do pack a big punch.
Then all that was necessary was to layer the juicy pink fruit with some Greek yogurt, honey, and wheatgerm. it’s a nice, clean way to introduce yourself to any fruit.