Sherry has maintained homes and landscaped yards for 48 years in Southern California. She has collected water-wise succulents for 12 years.
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 the refrigerator for up to a week.
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- All the seed pith you may have from ripe guavas.
- The shell that remains can be cooked for atole or guavas in light syrup.
- Use any sieve that will retain the small white seeds.
- A pestle or a large cooking spoon.
- 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.
- Two tablespoons of white sugar mixed in 1/2 cup water till dissolved. Add water and sugar syrup to taste.
How to Make Guava Juice Using a Food Press Cone
We have a simple food press cone. The one we own was purchased about twenty years ago and made in Mexico. The video above shows how it can be used for your guava nectar. It is well-made, low maintenance, and requires 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.
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. Deepwater it weekly just before the 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 fed 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 maintenance problem.
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.
© 2013 Sherry Venegas
Do You Have a Guava Tree?
Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on June 21, 2019:
Thank you for sharing Sherry. I have about 20 guava trees. Luckily they don't all ripen at the same time.
I will be following your instructions as a few trees are full of guavas right now. Super recipe.
Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on June 19, 2019:
Hello miss Sherry Venegas. I like guavas. I am glad. You wrote this article. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I wish you a wonderful day.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 18, 2018:
I miss having guavas now that we are not in Asia but when we get there, I will try this. It's very healthy.
Sherry Venegas (author) from La Verne, CA on February 03, 2017:
Thank you! I will try that.
Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on February 01, 2017:
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.
Sherry Venegas (author) from La Verne, CA on February 01, 2017:
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.
Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on January 30, 2017:
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.