Vietnamese Guava

by Fruit Maven

If you quote “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid. Merry Christmas! Ho, ho, ho!” every time you see a department store Santa, then this is the fruit for you!


APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★☆☆

Bumpy green flesh, pear shaped, softball size fruit, with white flesh and little BB gun, pellet-like seeds

AROMA Rating: ★★★½☆

Fresh and herbal

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★☆

Soft and grainy

TASTE Rating: ★★★½☆

Slightly melony, maybe even with a hint of banana, very low acidity

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

This fruit is less acidic than most guava and has a nice, rounded, mellow flavor. However, that also makes it a little boring. Luckily I entertained myself by spitting/shooting out the little pellet seeds as if I had personally transformed in to an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!

FRUIT

Guava

VARIETY

Vietnamese

PEAK

Fall

ORIGIN

Origin

GROWN

Creekside Tropicals
California

PURCHASED

Farmer’s Market
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NOTES

The man who sold this to me indicated that this particular guava could be eaten while still firm and would be fantastic – unlike most guava where you should really wait until they are soft (like a ripe avocado). So I cut this open while it was still quite firm and I have to say I think he was wrong. Only the very center was soft and that was the part I reviewed above. The hard parts were terrible – very acidic and lacking flavor.

WHERE TO GET THEM

When in season, you can buy various types of guava at some standard grocery stores, most asian grocery stores and online here. If you get them online, a small amount will go to support the Fruit Maven. So thanks in advance!

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