This is the first year in the ten years we have had the pineapple guava tree that the squirrels have left the guavas alone, and I have been able to gather a handful of fallen guavas every day. I also have guavas on one of the bushes planted in pots.
I’m not a fancy cook, so I really didn’t know what to do with them and regret I’ve let some go to waste, but there were so many today, I had to come up with something. I’ve never even eaten one, so my neighbor, C.L., told me to slice them in half and spoon out the insides. I decided to make a simple non-dairy smoothie.
I scooped out about two cups of fruit. And since guava juice makes me think of Hawaii and pineapples, I added a cup of pineapple chunks and a cup of ice. I did not grow the pineapple!
I blended it, and gave a cup to my teenager, who loved it, and knowing how he loves popsicles, decided to pull out the popsicle form that I haven’t used in several years, and poured the rest into that.
I froze them for a couple of hours, and my son tried one, and he loved it! These no-drip forms are really cool and you can suck the melting juice from the built in tube.
Pineapple guava has a very distinctive, indescribable taste, so blending in a little pineapple gives it enough familiarity to make it delicious, and you don’t need sugar. With all these warm winds that have been blowing, I’ve been feeling a little tropical, so this cool treat hits the spot!
Pineapple guavas are exactly the color of the back of the leaves, so they are really hard to see until they fall to the ground. Luckily, the skin is hard, so unless you have squirrels taking a bite out of them, harvesting is as easy as picking them up off the ground. Anyone ever tried growing pineapple guava or making something with it? Have a recipe to share? Thanks for stopping by! – Kaye