Guava is truly a superfood due to its high antioxidant property when compared to other Indian fruits including bananas, pomegranates, custard apples, mangoes, plums and grapes.
Not just antioxidants but they are also very rich in vitamins and minerals. It is rich in vitamins A and C, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, folate, B-vitamins and fibre.
A superfood is a food that has a plethora of benefits, versatile uses and is easily available and yes guava is found everywhere in India making it cheap and easily available to everyone.
Guava is mainly found in tropical and subtropical regions. It is native to tropical America. While humans, birds and animal migration played an important role to spread its seeds worldwide and now it can be found everywhere with different existing varieties.
Guava varies in taste, depending on whether it is ripe or unripe.
Ripe guava is mostly sweet, floral and a combination of pear and strawberry.
Unripe guava tastes sour, tangy and is acidic. The texture is also slightly tougher.
Remember that there are several different varieties of guava and each of them tastes differently.
Similarly, sweetness also depends on the variety that you are eating.
The ripe tropical pink guava is bright yellow from the outside but inside it is pink in colour.
It comes under one of the most common guavas. This is a milder variety of guava but the smell is very strong when ripe.
This kind of guava is one of the most unique looking varieties. On the inside It is pink in colour. It is not that flavourful so mostly used in decorations rather than eating.
This is the sweetest of all the varieties and mostly used in desserts.
This kind of guava turns into a creamy white colour on the outside and inside turns a more yellowish red when ripe.
It looks almost like the tropical yellow guava as it has both white skin and yellow inside.
This variety is juicier than other varieties.
Smallest of all the other varieties and looks like a lemon as it is yellow from outside as well as inside.
It has a tangy flavour still has some sweetness and when cut smells like a lemon.
- As we know guava is packed with high antioxidants making it fight with free radicals which are responsible for premature ageing. So, one can include guava in their beauty regime to keep themselves younger.
- Again, it is rich in many vitamins and minerals that help to maintain your health and immune system.
- It also protects against certain ailments and diseases.
- Guava has anti-inflammatory effects that can prevent cancer, cardiovascular diseases and Alzheimer’s.
- Guava is also very helpful in indigestion due to its fibre content.
- It is also helpful in weight loss.
Many people doubt whether they can consume guava seeds and leaves.
Let me tell you that both its seed and leaves are edible.
Guava leaves are packed with calcium making them a great source of calcium. So, if one lacks calcium then they should always consume its leaves daily. Guava leaves have many medicinal properties and are used as a health supplement too. Its leaves are known to have anti-cancer properties.
Guava seeds are also edible and contain nutritional values too but remember that you need to chew them properly if you don’t then they will not get properly digested and you will miss the nutritional benefit that you were supposed to get.
The oil extracted from its seeds is rich in iodine and contains special medicinal values.
Well! there are certain ways in which you can consume it.
- You can simply cut them and have them as it is with some salt and black pepper.
- You can add them in smoothies, include them in your dessert recipes, make tasty jams and also in your cocktails.
- The pleasant smell of guava in these recipes will boost your mood like anything.
- You can also bake, boil or poach them and if you are doing any of this then first use a mesh strainer to extract the seeds.
- You can make delicious cookies by mixing their pulp with the cookie batter.
Always pay attention to the colour, smell and texture. Unripe guava will have a tough texture, green in colour and will have a negligible smell but it will be a great option to buy this guava if you want to store it longer and enjoy it later. If you are in a hurry and want to enjoy it immediately then go for a pleasant smell, colourful and soft texture guava.
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 1 mg
Fat: 1 gram
Carbohydrates: 8 grams
Sugar: 5 grams
Protein: 1 gram
Fibre: 3 grams
Vitamin C: 209%
Vitamin B-6: 5%
Remember that the vitamin content declines when the fruit is overripe.
The brain is the most vital organ of the body and keeping it healthy should be our priority. Guava contains Vitamin B3 and vitamin B6 which helps in improving blood circulation to the brain.
Guava is rich in fibre and has a low glycaemic index so it can be consumed by people with diabetes in moderate amounts and also who want to prevent diabetes.
Due to high vitamin-C, vitamin-A, lycopene and carotene which protects your skin from wrinkles and fine lines thus making you look younger. Eating guava daily can help prolong the anti-ageing process at a certain level.
The high fibre content helps to relieve people with constipation.
The pink guava is the sweetest of all the varieties found. They have a sweet musky smell that is enriched with tropical notes. These notes much resemble melon, papaya and pear.