How to Make Fresh Pink Guava Nectar

Updated on October 29, 2018
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Sherry has maintained homes and landscaped yards for 48 years in Southern California. She has collected water-wise succulents for 12 years.

Fresh Guava Nectar
Fresh Guava Nectar

In the early fall, the pink guava trees start dropping their fruit. The fruit is ripe when it drops with the barest touch. Some like to pick the fruit before it gets to that stage and eat them each day as they ripen in the fruit bowl on the kitchen counter.

If you bring them into the house, expect the whole house to be enveloped in guava essence. The fruit is very pungent. Some household members may not want the fruit in the house, but almost everyone will drink the pink nectar.

This recipe will yield a pulpy thick nectar, retaining the fiber and fat for the best nutrients. Yes, this fruit is high in fat. Store the nectar in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to a week.

Prep time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Countless servings

Ingredients

  • All the seed pith you may have from ripe guavas.
  • The shell that remains can be cooked for atole or guavas in light syrup.

Start with Prepared Fruit

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Peel guavas first if you want to cook the shells. For nectar cut shells in half and scoop out pulp.Scope center out with fruit ball tool.
Peel guavas first if you want to cook the shells. For nectar cut shells in half and scoop out pulp.
Peel guavas first if you want to cook the shells. For nectar cut shells in half and scoop out pulp.
Scope center out with fruit ball tool.
Scope center out with fruit ball tool.

Instructions

  1. Use any sieve that will retain the small white seeds.
  2. A pestle or a large cooking spoon.
  3. Work the seed pulp with the back of the spoon against the sieve until you have all the juice extracted. Or use a cone sieve like the one shown below.
  4. Two tablespoons of white sugar mixed in 1/2 cup water till dissolved. Add water and sugar syrup to taste.
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Video on How to Use the Cone Sieve

We have a simple food press cone. The one we own was purchased about twenty years ago and made in Mexico. The video shows how it can be used for your guava nectar. It is worth years of service, low maintance and takes no money to operate.

Place a bowl under the sieve. Turn the sieve in the rack stand to aid in gleaning juice from the sides.

Pink Guava Fruit
Pink Guava Fruit

Guava Tree Care

A guava tree's growth habit is spindly. It constantly sheds leaves that get crisp and brown in a couple of days. The bark also peels off and drops in thin pieces. It is a messy tree. Deep water it weekly just before fruit starts to develop.

When the fruit produces in the fall it drops very easily from the tree and many times cracks with impact. If you like to get outside everyday pick the ripe fruit daily and cook, eat or drink its gift as it comes from the tree.

After the fruit season I trim my tree back severely. There usually are many dead slim branches to clean off. New leaves and branches produce all year long.

We have had the tree for about fifteen years and is kept at an eight foot height in a sort of bonsai style. We have not feed it keeping it organic. Nitrogen may be good since that is the main benefit of rain.

The last tending item, depending on your neighborhood, is rats. Employ sheet metal guards at the trunk and keep branches away from structures, trellis and other climbing aids rats may use. Also pick up any dropped fruit in the late evening. Maybe you have a husband that heeds your pet dog's barks and dispatches the creatures with BB shots. A Jack Russell may be fast enough to shake them to death. After awhile the rat colony seems to get the hint. If you have no rats forget about this maintance problem.

Peeled Guavas Can Be Pureed and Added to Nectar
Peeled Guavas Can Be Pureed and Added to Nectar

Enjoy Your Tree's Bounty

I do not live on a tropical island, but as you can see, adventures can be created in a backyard resulting in fresh bounty and a delicious afternoon refreshment.

Questions & Answers

    © 2013 Sherry Venegas

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        Mary Norton 

        8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        I miss having guavas now that we are not in Asia but when we get there, I will try this. It's very healthy.

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        Sherry Venegas 

        21 months ago from La Verne, CA

        Thank you! I will try that.

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        Anita Hasch 

        21 months ago from Port Elizabeth

        I enjoy them with the seeds. However, when you leave them overnight you will find they are much softer, and if you cut your slices think it should not be difficult to remove the seeds before eating.

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        Sherry Venegas 

        21 months ago from La Verne, CA

        Your idea sounds delicious, but how do you get around the seeds. I do not like to swallow them with the rest of the fruit.

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        Anita Hasch 

        21 months ago from Port Elizabeth

        Thanks for this informative hub. We have about 20 guava trees. I eat

        a lot when they are in season as I need all that lovely vitamin C. Guavas have more vitamin C than oranges. I sometimes slice the guavas, then cover them with sugar and leave in the fridge for a hour or even overnight. Lovely once the sugar has drawn into the guavas.

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