I’ve written about guava before, so if you need a reminder: It’s like a giant peapod with seeds that are wrapped in a fluffy white stale-cotton-candy-textured mass. It was sweet and tasty. My family has a guava tree, so whenever I go to the greenhouse with them, we always harvest the ripe ones and eat them immediately! Alright, it’s kinda a funky looking fruit (we have nothing like it in the States), so here’s how you do it:
1) Gather your guava. They grow high up in the tree, so it’s best to use a long pole or branch to get them down (by whacking them until they fall). You know a guava is ripe when it’s plump and has a slight yellow tinge.
2) Clean the guava by brushing the exterior with your hands to get rid of any dirt or ants (they also like eating ripe guava). You can also line them up like I did just to take in the fruit in all its glory.
3) You don’t need any fancy tools to open the outer casing, just your mouth! Yes, I know what you’re thinking- “dude, you didn’t wash it and you’re putting it in your mouth?! You’re gonna contract some weird Amazonian disease and die in Ecuador!” No, I believe in the saying “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” or “veneno que no mata, engorda.” Anyway, to open the pod, you have to first have to bite the tip of one of the longer ends. You should also hold the pod vertically (you’ll see why in the next step).
4) Next you have to keep your teeth clenched on the tip and rotate the pod into a horizontal position. If you do this right, you will have ripped off one of the sides of the pod. This will give you access to the actual guava fruit!
5) Now look at it. Look at the guava. Isn’t it beautiful? Look at these little cotton balls of fruity goodness! There are usually like 12ish in a pod. Mmm. Then just pop one in your mouth, bite off the white stuff, and spit out the big ol’ seed/pit! It’s super soft, squishy, and sweet (yay for alliteration)!
6) Eat the rest! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I’m actually drooling a bit just looking at these pictures. I’ve got to go to the greenhouse again soon to get some! I want to smuggle some back to the States, but the TSA won’t let me. So unless you come visit me in Ecuador, you’ll just have to enjoy the photos and wonder how delicious these are.
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