Guava is a delicious fruit, but it has seeds in it that you must remove first. You can do this by pushing them out, scooping them out with some type of scooper, or removing them with the tip of a knife.
What Is Guava Fruit?
Guava is a type of tropical fruit that is filled with vitamins A and C, iron, and folic acid. There are different types of guava, and some of them are filled with seeds. While it isn’t dangerous to eat these seeds, it is unpleasant because the seeds are usually very hard. Guava is a fleshy and soft fruit with a delicious taste, and if you’d rather bite into one without it resulting in a mouthful of seeds, you’ll have to deseed the fruit first. Fortunately, that isn’t a difficult task if you follow a few simple rules.
Method 1: Pushing the Seeds Out
To follow this method, you have to wash the fruit, then slice it lengthwise. Take each slice and place it down on a cutting board, then press the fruit gently. If you do this long enough, the seeds automatically separate from the fruit itself, then all you have to do at that point is scrape the seeds off of the cutting board. If most of the seeds come out but you still have a few stubborn ones that remain, you can always use one of the following two methods to remove them.
Method 2: Scooping Them Out
Most people have small scoopers in their kitchens, and most of these devices are made specifically for fruit. To remove guava seeds, wash and slice the fruit into several slices, then simply scoop the seeds out of the fruit with your scooper. As a general rule, these seeds are not difficult to remove, although there are usually lots of them in there. Remember that guava fruits are normally fairly soft, so scooping out the seeds shouldn’t be difficult.
Method 3: Using the Tip of a Knife
If you have a small number of seeds in your fruit, you might not want to use a scooper because this can remove (and waste) a lot of the fruit as well. Instead, wash and slice the fruit and then use the tip of a knife to remove the seeds. A sharp knife works best, but keep in mind that the flesh around the seeds is so soft that even a butter knife might work, depending on how many seeds there are and how hard they are. You’ll just have to play around with it to see which one works best.
How Is Guava Prepared and Eaten?
Guava is an unusual fruit that a lot of people haven’t tasted yet. Ripe guava tastes sweet, a little like papaya, and according to some, like a combination of strawberry and pear. That being said, there are several different types of guavas, and they all taste a little different. Some of the most well-known types of guava include lemon or apple guava, tropical yellow guava, tropical pink guava, Malaysian red guava, and tropical white guava.
Guava is usually eaten fresh, and you can eat the entire thing. Most people, however, remove the rind and seeds and simply eat the fruit itself. While removing the seeds is preferred by most people, these seeds are actually very healthy and can be prepared in numerous ways, including being crushed up or blended and added to salads, smoothies, and other foods. If you’d like to cook guava, just know that it should only be cooked a tiny bit because if you overcook it, the taste just isn’t the same.
Naturally, you can also make guava juice with it, which a lot of people do because it is sweet, delicious, and very nutritious. In addition to the vitamins and minerals mentioned earlier, guava also has potassium to regulate blood pressure, a lot of fiber, and numerous antioxidants, as well as others. And if you’re interested in finding guava recipes so you can further enjoy this yummy fruit, you can find tons of them on the Internet.
While the seeds of the guava do not have to be removed and, in fact, are very good for you, most people remove them because of their hard texture. The good news is that once you learn how to remove the guava seeds, it’s really very simple.