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Foods Included

Apple guava, Pineapple guava, Guava, Strawberry Guava

Description

Guava is a tropical fruit that has rough skin and soft, pink flesh inside. It has a sweet taste and is often used to make desserts and juices.

Buy It

  • Look for guavas that give slightly to gentle pressure and are free from bruises.

Store It

  • Refrigerate ripened guavas for 3-4 days.
  • Ripen guavas on the counter for 3-7 days.
  • Frozen, ripe guavas will keep up to 8 months.

Cook It

  • Wash the guava and keep the skin on since it's edible.
  • Eat it like an apple or cut in half and scoop out the insides and slice it into pieces. Store cut fruit in the refrigerator.
  • You can also enjoy guava in sauce drizzled over fish or chicken, or stir pieces into yogurt.

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Vitamin A keeps our eyes working, our immune system strong, and our cells growing.
  • Potassium, a type of electrolyte, helps build muscle and keeps your heart healthy.
  • Folate, or folic acid, helps our tissues grow and our cells work.  Especially important for pregnant women.