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Make Fresh Pink Guava Nectar
In the early fall the pink guava trees start dropping their fruit. The fruit is ripe when it drops with the barest touch.
Some like to pick the fruit before it gets to that stage and eat them each day as they ripen in the fruit bowl on the kitchen counter.
If you bring them into the house at this point expect the whole house to be enveloped in guava essence. The fruit is very pungent. Some household members may not want the fruit in the house, but almost everyone will drink the pink nectar.
This recipe will yield a pulpy thick nectar, retaining the fiber and fat for the best nutrients.
Yes, this fruit is high in fat. Store the nectar in airtight container in refrigerator for up to a week.
- All the seed pith you may have from ripe guavas.
- Cut fruit in half and scoop seeds out with spoon.
- The shell that remains can be used for atole or guavas in light syrup.
- Use any sieve that will retain the small white seeds.
- A pestle or a large cooking spoon.
- Two tablespoons of white sugar mixed in 1/2 cup water till dissolved.
- Work the seed pulp with the back of the spoon till you have all the juice extracted.
- Add water and sugar syrup to taste.
Accessories for Your Nector
We use this simply made metal sieve and pestle just like what my husband's mother had in her kitchen. Place a bowl under the sieve. Turn the sieve in the rack stand to aid in gleaning juice from the sides.
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Video on How to Use the Cone Sieve
Exploring Guavas on the Internet
I went to Youtube for a how-to video, and discovery excitement went up a 100 fold. A musician named Dan Bailey has a most entertaining video and song called Guava Nectar. The romance of food is highlighted. Now we know why the Latins need to plant seeds.
Come back in a few days because I am going to make my own how-to video. I wish I could sing like Dan Bailey instead. My video is the one above showing the hand process of extracting the juice from fruit.
I also found out a couple of guavas have 200% daily allowance of vitamin C.
While Exploring on the Web
Guava Tree Care
The song video has the singer sitting in a guava tree amongst an orchard. We have one tree and its growth habit is spindly. It constantly sheds leaves that get crisp and brown in a couple of days. The bark also peels off and drops in thin pieces.
When the fruit produces in the fall it drops too easily from the tree and many times cracks with impact. If you like to get outside everyday and tend to your plants this tree is for you. It is best to check for ripe fruit everyday and cook, eat or drink its gift as it comes from the tree.
Deep water it weekly just before fruit starts to develop.
After the fruit season I trim my tree back medium severely. There usually are many dead slim branches to clean off. New leaves and branches produce all year long.
We have had the tree for about fifteen years and is kept at an eight foot height in a sort of bonsai style. We have not feed it keeping it organic. Nitrogen may be good since that is the main benefit of rain.
The last tending item depending on your neighborhood is rats. Employ sheet metal guards at the trunk and keep branches away from structures, trellis and other climbing aids rats may use. Also pick up any dropped fruit in the late evening. Maybe you have a husband that heeds your pet dog's signal barks and dispatches the creatures with BB shots. A Jack Russell may be fast enough to shake them to death. After awhile the rat colony seems to get the hint. If you have no rats forget about this slightly morbid paragraph.
Enjoy Your Tree's Bounty
I do not live on a tropical island but as you can see adventures (or is it work) can be created in a backyard. No need to see every car restoration show there is on cable. Let's make guava nectar.
© 2013 Sherry Venegas