What is Pink Guava?
Pink guavas are fig-shaped fruits with smooth green skin that ripens to a bright yellow. They come in pink and white varieties, but Amafruits prefers to use the pink for our purees. Their inner flesh has a sweet and musky fragrance and tastes of papaya, passion fruit, and pear. Considered by many to be the sweetest of the guava fruits, it is also a nutritional powerhouse.
Benefits of Pink Guava
Contains three times your daily allowance of Vitamin CVitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, can help the body fight infection and can support bone and dental health.
Rich in potassiumPotassium can help regulate fluid balance, monitor nerve signals, and maintain optimum blood pressure. and pectinPectin is a unique soluble fiber that is thought to prevent your body from absorbing bad cholesterol.
A 100 gram serving of guava contains as much as 5 grams of dietary fiberDietary fiber can help promote a healthy digestive system and lower blood cholesterol.
High levels of antioxidantsAntioxidants can help protect our bodies against the cell-damaging effects of free radicals, which can be produced by various factors such as stress, pollution, sunlight, or radiation.
Contains essential vitamins such as Vitamin AVitamin A may contribute to maintenance of vision, immune functions, cell integrity, and the moisture & health of skin., Vitamins B1(thiamin), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin)Vitamins B1(thiamin), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin), may help regulate metabolism, support cell growth and contribute to maintenance of mental function., and Vitamin EVitamin E is thought to increase the body’s immune response and may contribute to maintenance of heart health and healthy skin..
Contains minerals including calciumCalcium can promote the maintenance of bones and healthy muscle function., ironIron carries oxygen to the cells in the body through its role in creating hemoglobin., magnesiumMagnesium can help to release energy and absorb nutrients in our foods and can contribute to a healthy immune function and maintenance of healthy bones., seleniumSelenium can contribute to efficiency of the immune system, and can help regulate the effects of thyroid hormones on fat metabolism., copperCopper can help the body absorb iron so that the body can easily transport oxygen to important tissues., manganeseManganese can help the body maintain healthy bone, cartilage, and connective tissues., phosphorus, and zinc.
Good source of immunity-supporting plant sterolsPlant sterols (beta-sitosterols, campesterol and stigmasterol) can reduce blood cholesterol, and can help promote healthy cardiovascular and digestive systems.
The History of Pink Guava
Originating in Peru around 800 BC, the guava fruit has spread to nearly all the tropical and subtropical climates around the world. The pink guava, however, remains the rarest and sweetest of them all.
Over a thousand years ago, the indigenuous people of Hawaii were already using guava tree leaves and wood for barbecuing and slow-smoking, in addition to eating the fruit itself.
Guava fruit was first encountered by Europeans in what is now known Haiti, where it was called guayavu. From there, it was brought overseas and populated in the Indies.
Today, guava is enjoyed in a variety of ways, including a Latin American called cascos de guayaba, or stewed guava shells.
Harvesting Pink Guava
The guava fruit is grown on shallow-rooted evergreen trees that thrive in both dry and humid climates. Though sensitive to cold, when the conditions are right, a single guava tree can produce 50-80 pounds of fruit per year. In certain planting zones, the guava tree will even produce fruit more than once per year, while active pruning can actually get some trees to produce throughout all four growing seasons.
Pink guava is harvested when its green skin begins to turn a bright shade of yellow and the inner fruit gives in slightly under pressure. Once the fruit is ripe, the guava tree also becomes very aromatic, which can be a clear indicator that it is time to harvest. At Amafruits, our pink guavas are harvested, pulped, pureed, and flash frozen on site in Brazil, preserving their nutrients and natural sweetness.