How to Make Fresh Guava Juice at Home
How to Juice Guava Fruit
One of the most refreshing and healthy drinks you can make requires just two guava fruits and water. Here on our farm in Brazil, we have a couple of guava trees and drink this juice frequently.
This is one of the most popular juices here in Brazil as the fruit is readily available and very healthy. It's often sold by street vendors outside office buildings or wherever people congregate.
I'll show you the two methods I use, to make the guava juice. All you'll need to make approximately a liter (2 pints) of juice is two guavas, cold water, and sugar (or alternative) if you like it sweetened.
I tend to pick mine when they are under-ripe and let them ripen in a bowl in the house. If left on the tree, the birds and monkeys eat them during the day and the bats eat them at night! We are not the only ones who love this fruit.
The guava we have here in Brazil has a thin yellow skin and pink flesh. There are other varieties around the world, some which have a cream colored or whitish flesh. The juicing methods will still be the same although you won't get that gorgeous splash of pink color.
Let's Get Started
Begin by washing your fruit under the faucet. Even though we don't spray insecticide on our trees, I still wash the fruit. Living near the sea we have a lot of salt and sand in the air. If you are buying your fruit at the grocery store, wash it thoroughly as it has been handled by many and may still have traces of pesticides.
After washing I like to top and tail mine, using a paring knife I cut off the top, where it was attached to the tree and bottom where the flower was. There is no need to peel it as the skin is edible and the majority of vitamins lie just beneath the thin skin. Simply cut the guava into cubes. The smaller the pieces, the easier it will be for your blender. If your fruit is really ripe, cut this over the blender so you don't lose any of the juice. You will notice the small hard seeds, let those fall into the blender as we will be removing them at the end.
Add approximately 750 ml (3 cups) of chilled water. This will make it easier on the blender because if the fruit is hard and you have only a small portion of water, you could crack your blender if it is a plastic one. Some blenders are more robust than others.
Although guavas are already quite sweet, you can add sugar, artificial sweetener, honey or another sweetener of your choice at this point.
Blend until there are no large pieces of fruit visible. You may hear some noise as those hard seeds hit the sides of the jug.
How to Remove the Seeds from Guava Juice
Guavas have small hard seeds and for me, I don't like them in my juice. There are people who will eat the fruit and seeds and also those who leave the seeds in their juice. If that works for you, okay. If you don't want to drink the juice with them in it they are easy to remove. Simply place a large funnel in a serving jug or pitcher. Now place a fine sieve over the funnel. Most sieves can hook onto the funnel which will leave your hands free.
Pour part of the juice in the sieve and gently move a spoon or rubber spatula back and forth. This is moving the seeds out of the way allowing the juice to strain through and into the pitcher. Continue doing this until you have used all the juice from the blender and you are left with the seeds in your sieve.
Pour into glasses or chill for later use.
Using a Juicer For Guavas
Above I showed you how to make guava juice using a blender. Now I would like to tell you the easier way. That is of course with a juicer. I think most people have a blender at home but not all will have a juicer. I know I didn't before coming to Brazil. I bought my juicer before I left the UK. I knew that we would have an endless supply of fresh fruits whilst living here.
The juicer I recommend is a professional series although it is readily available to the public. I never thought about it but buying a professional version means it is more robust and easier to clean. It is a workhorse here in our home.
I think a lot of people opt to buy juice in a carton or box because they don't want the hassle of juicing or think it is more expensive. All of the juice you buy in those cartons or bottles have been heat treated and we all know what happens to the vitamin content when heat is applied. The next time you buy a carton of juice, read the label. For example did you know that some orange juices contain fish? Tilapia to be precise.
Even the juices which say freshly squeezed aren't. They are concentrated and then have the pulp added back to them. The only way to ensure you are getting fresh juice is prepare it yourself. You deserve it and so does your family.
The guava has 4 times more vitamin C than an orange!
They are also a good source of fiber, vitamin A, folic acid, and the minerals potassium, copper and magnesium.
There you have it, your first jug of homemade guava juice! I told you it was easy.
If you've never had it before, you may notice it isn't as thin as some juices such as apple. You have much more of the pulp when you drink a homemade juice.
Although it can be chilled until ready to use, juice this fresh is always best straight away.
This can be used in drink recipes such as smoothies as pictured above. Simply add milk in place of water. Experiment using guava juice in your favorite cocktails as it will give you a taste of the tropics.
© 2016 Mary Wickison