Red Guava

NUTRITION

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Flavors, like fashion, can be trendy and right now the hottest trending flavor is passionfruit.

The produce section offers so many options these days yet there's something special about a tropical fruit that's got multiple and versatile uses, a vibrant red-pinky pulp and a floral flavor that delivers a powerhouse of nutrition. Yes, it's none other than the small, round fragrant fruit known as guava.

It's awesome when something that tastes and looks so good is also nourishing for the body. While the tropical flavor may seem indulgent, it's hard core nutrition that's packed into every guava.

What the numbers mean

Often referred to as a "superfruit", guavas are incredibly rich in vitamin C with one fruit delivering more than double daily recommended allowance (RDA) for this nutrient.

The nutritional benefits don't stop with vitamin C. While bananas are often considered the gold standard for potassium (an important electrolyte for maintaining blood pressure and other metabolic functions), guavas beat out bananas with a whopping 220 mg per fruit.

Get your red on

Red guavas share a similar nutritional attribute with Caribbean Red papayas. Both get their red hue from lycopene, an incredibly valuable antioxidant.

Lycopene is part of a broader category of antioxidants often referred to as carotenoids which also includes lutein, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin. All these phytochemicals act as a defense mechanism for the body, helping to prevent cell damage which, if left unchecked, can contribute to cancer and other inflammatory diseases.

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You'll enjoy both its taste and aroma

These bundles of goodness can be used to create so many different dishes.

Of course you could make guava marmalade, glazes, and syrup but sometimes simple is best-just slice and snack or eat in its entirety, peel and all.

Toss guava chunks into a blender with other fresh smoothie ingredients; try freezing first for a slushy drink.

Adding guava slices to a tossed salad or lightly heated in savory chicken or fish dish adds a snap of color and big flavor.

You can always enjoy red guava as you would an apple, bite-by-bite.

The scoop on guava

Guava is soft to the touch when ripe.

The bright red creamy pulp is the sweet spot with the flavor turning less fragrant towards the outer green rim.

What are you waiting for?

So now there's more than just a few reasons to break out of the hum-drum of everyday cooking. Go get some guava and unlock the flavor of the tropics.

To your health,
Donna Shields

About the author, Donna Shields
As a registered dietician, Donna uses progressive nutritional science to achieve good health through a flavorful lifestyle.