How do you eat guava


Table of Contents

  1. Guavas infographic
  2. What you should know about guavas
    1. origin
    2. season
    3. taste
  3. Our favorite guava recipes
  4. How healthy are guavas anyway?
  5. Shopping and cooking tips for guavas
    1. Purchasing
    2. storage
    3. preparation
  6. Preparation tips for guavas
  7. FAQs - the most common questions
    1. How healthy are guava leaves?
    2. Where can I buy guava juice?
    3. What do guavas and quinces have in common?

Guavas infographic

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Guava ...

  • ... provide a lot of vitamin C:
    If you want to do something for your immune system and for your fitness in general, guavas are the best choice: even a modest 100 grams of pulp provide almost three times the daily requirement.
  • On average, depending on the vitamin, it is only around 4-9 percent of the respective daily target, but at least: With guavas, part of the requirement for B vitamins can be covered.
  • With almost 11 percent of the daily required amount of zinc, guavas also support our immune system. But that's not all: This zinc content, which is considerable for a fruit, also promotes the growth of hair and nails, making it more beautiful.
  • ... boost fat burning:
    The effect is temporary, but it works: The abundant vitamin C makes guavas a great means of stimulating the body to burn more fat.
  • The vitamin K content in guavas is particularly noteworthy at 10 micrograms per 100 grams. Vitamin K supports good blood clotting and prevents bone loss (osteoporosis) in women after the menopause.
  • ... contain important minerals:
    Even if the amounts are rather small: Guavas shine with a good selection of important minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron.
  • 100 grams of guavas already contain around one sixth of the recommended amount of fiber per day. This supports the intestines and good digestion. The soluble fiber lignin, which is also good for very sensitive people, is particularly interesting.
  • With an emission value between 130 grams and 260 grams per 100 grams, the CO2 balance of guavas is in the middle range. The CO2 values ​​are based on the calculations of the IFEU Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Heidelberg and were individually balanced for each food item as "average food" as sold in Germany. They take into account the production location, the production method, all associated transports, processing, packaging and storage proportionally. The emissions of all greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) were taken into account and converted into CO2 equivalents. In simplified terms, however, only CO2 is used.

What you should know about the guavas

The guava should actually be available on prescription, this exotic fruit is so healthy. But that's not all: They also taste delicious. Unfortunately, they are rarely found - the warmer we can recommend accessing them!

The shape of the round-oval guava resembles a pear. Botanically, however, there is no relationship between the fruits, because guava is the berry fruit of evergreen shrubs and trees. Depending on the diameter of 3-12 centimeters, a guava weighs around 25-50 grams. Even its peel looks exotic with its yellow, partly white or pink peel, and the juicy flesh, which varies in color from white-green to deep pink, depending on the variety above all.


The original home of the guava is in the tropical areas of America. Even today they are mainly grown in California, Florida, South America and Mexico. Guavas now also come from South Africa, the West Indies, India and some Mediterranean countries.


Guavas come to us all year round by air freight.


The bewitching and very intensely fragrant pulp of ripe guava tastes sweet and sour. Many people compare the taste to a mix of strawberries, gooseberries and pears.

Our favorite guava recipes

Here you can find all guava recipes.

How healthy are guavas anyway?

Guavas shine with a lot of important minerals (potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron) and a high content of vitamin C. 100 grams of these tropical delicacies produce a whopping 273 milligrams - that's four times as much as there is in kiwi fruit. Very ripe guavas can even contain up to 900 milligrams of vitamin C and theoretically cover the requirement of 9 days.

The provitamin A content is also considerable. Interesting for all who pay attention to their lines: Guavas also contain a lot of pectin, which acts as dietary fiber and natural appetite suppressant: It fills the stomach and swells in it. Cravings don't stand a chance.

Nutritional values ​​of guava per 100 grams
protein0.9 g
fat0.5 g
carbohydrates6 g
Fiber5 g

Shopping and cooking tips for guavas


Since they are very sensitive to pressure and quickly spoil after ripening, guavas are harvested unripe in the growing countries and sent by plane as quickly as possible. In this state, guavas can still be obtained in pieces in very well-stocked specialist shops and supermarkets, completely green.

You can buy canned guavas mainly in Asian shops. However, they do not taste as intense as fresh fruit and they do not contain as much vitamin C by far.


Leave guavas to ripen at home at room temperature until their skin turns yellow and gives way to gentle finger pressure. As soon as the guava is really ripe, it smells very intense and should be eaten immediately. If you don't want to eat them until a few days later, you can extend the shelf life by storing them in the refrigerator.


No matter how you want to enjoy them - you should first wash guavas and then peel them. While the peel of the fruit is edible, it has a bitter taste that not everyone likes. You can then cut the fruit into wedges or slices, depending on the recipe or how you want to prepare it. It is also possible to spoon the guava like a kiwi - all of the kernels can be eaten.

Preparation tips for guavas

Guavas can be eaten straight out of the hand like apples or used for fruit salads, quark dishes and other desserts or drinks. With their beautiful light pink color, they also make a delicious and decorative topping for pies and cakes. Jams made from these fruits have a particularly exotic effect. If you prefer it hearty, you can also cook guava chutney or use it in a fancy potato salad. By the way, when guavas are cooked, their pulp turns red.

FAQs - the most common questions

How healthy are guava leaves?

Not only the fruit itself, but also its leaves have health benefits. The high content of B vitamins and zinc in the leaves, prepared as a paste or tea, is said to help with hair loss and weight loss.

Where can I buy guava juice?

Well-stocked supermarkets also sell guavas processed as nectar; alternatively, it is also available in health food stores or health food stores.

What do guavas and quinces have in common?

There is a very simple reason why guavas are also called "quinces of the tropics": With their color and shape, they are very reminiscent of the local fruits. Otherwise they have nothing in common, because guavas can only be grown in tropical areas, where they grow on trees up to 30 meters high.