Guavas are the sweet tropical fruit of the Guava tree typically grown in Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America. The guava does well in a warm environment and in the United States is grown in Florida, Hawaii, Texas and California. The fruit is a round to oval shape usually between 2 – 4 inches. The most common variety consumed is the Apple Guava. The skin is green moving into a yellow, green or maroon when ripe. The skin is also bitter usually and not consumed. The flesh of the guava is yellow or pink orange depending upon the variety. The deeper pink guavas contain the phytonutrient lycopene which offers many health benefits. The fruit contains small hard seed inside too.
If you have a powerful Vitamix blender you can add the entire fruit with the seeds to include the great fiber, but as Incredible Smoothies notes even with the high power blender you still might get some jagged edge seeds in your green smoothie so you might want to take the time to remove the seeds. A busy juice bar would have to prep the fruit ahead of time to not have this be a problem. The customers would surely appreciate the tropical addition for a healthy green smoothie. Incredible Smoothies suggest pairing the guava with a mild tasting green like spinach.
Guava Smoothie Recipes
- 1/2 cup guava, seeds removed
- 1 cup pineapple, cubed
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 8 ounces filtered water
How to Juice a Guava
You can juice a Guava in one of our Ceado Fruit and Vegetable Juicers such as the ES-500 or ES-700. The fruit should be peeled or scoop out the flesh from the peel and remove before juicing. You do not need to worry about the seeds as they will be sent to the pulp bin and kept away from the juice by the pulp retainer ring. The fruit can be fed through the chutes and will yield a delicious tropical juice.
As with all fruit the sweetness level will be determined by how ripe the fruit is so you might want to blend it with an apple or citrus. The guava also pairs well with ginger and mint and most tropical fruits like pineapple, coconut and mango. For a refreshing drink try this Guava Fresca recipe with mint and ginger.