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
Rich in Vitamin C.
Includes potassium and pectin.
A 100 gram serving of guava contains as much as 20% of DV Serving of dietary fiber.
Contains essential vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamins B1(thiamin), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin), and Vitamin E.
Contains minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc.
Immunity supporting plant sterols.
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.