One of the best things about getting a farmer’s market box is realizing what fruits and vegetables are in season. This might seem pretty obvious, but living in the States we have almost everything available to us at any time. We don’t have to worry about when food is in season—yet we really should. We’ve completely gone off of nature’s cycle and we don’t appreciate foods like we should. Fruits and vegetables also taste so much better when they’re actually in season. Not a big surprise there.
My grandma used to have a guava tree and she would use the fruit to make jam. I remember eating it every year, but I don’t remember what time of year it was sadly. Well in steps the farmer’s market. BAM! It’s guava season! My aunt and uncle also have multiple guava trees and with both the fruit from the market and my family, I have plenty of guava to enjoy.
Today I give you—guava syrup!
This was an experiment to create a syrup you could put into drinks. I wanted to get rid of the sugar generally used, and put honey in its place. It worked! Still tastes like honey, but the guava definitely shines through!
For this recipe, I used pineapple guava, but you can use any guava you’d like. Chop off the ends of four guavas and cut them in half.
Put them in a small saucepan with a cup of water and bring to a boil, cooking for at least ten minutes.
The goal is to have them soft and squishy.
Once they’re soft, put them into a sieve, using a spoon to squish the juices out.
Collect all the guava goodness and put in 1/4 – 1/3 cup of honey and mix.
Throw the mix into a blender to smooth out the syrup even more.
Tada! Guava syrup! It tastes even better the next day. This would go excellent in drinks (recipe for sangria to follow shortly), or on ice cream, or fruits!
What do you make with guava? Do you have a favorite variety?
- 4 Pineapple guavas
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4-1/3 cup of honey
- Remove the guava's stem and slice in half
- Place in a small saucepan face down along with one cup of water
- Bring to boil and allow to cook for at least 10 minutes, turning over the guavas halfway through
- Place guava into a sieve and press with a spoon to collect juices
- Add honey into the guava juices
- Blend with a blender to remove any left over grittiness from the guava
- I use pineapple guava in this recipe, but you can use any type of guava you would like.
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