Friday, August 3, 2007

Guava

Sometimes the simplest snacks are the most common. In my office at work, guavas are a common snack. Here's one I bought this morning out of the back of a truck.

It's really quite large isn't it? Anyhow, this is an apple guava, Native to South America. At some time in the past they got popular in South East Asia, and now they are everywhere in Thailand. This here guava is nothing like the ones I have eaten elsewhere. Pretty firm, not particularly juciy, but still enjoyable. Also, in Thailand, people cut out the middle which just so happens to be the sweetest part!

In Thailand, it is not unusual to eat your guava with sugar and chili. But I like to eat mine whole, without any kind of condiment.

One guava like this is more than enough for two.

39 comments:

Pondering said...

I love guava. They are such a great fruit and very healthy and very very high in fiber.

I've always thought to eat without the inside where little seeds are. I agree with you on the sweetness of the center, but many Thais believe that eating guava's seeds isn't a good idea since they can get stuck in your......(sorry here, don't know the word in English for it, but it's a body part below your stomach where leftovers from digestion get transferred and some stay here and that you may get really sick over it.)

I personally just simply don't like seeds because of the textures.

a said...

Fair enough. Do you mean the appendix? A Korean co-worker once told me a similar thing about eating uncooked grains of rice, but I didn't know if it's really true.

Those seeds are pretty hard though. Hurt the teeth...

Pondering said...

Not sure what's it called--that part of the body, but you are probably right. It's a tiny little thing hanging below or above your intestine...I guess. When an undigested foods, say seeds, get stuck in there. They won't be anywhere, but to stay there. However after times, it starts collecting until full, then your stomach will get hurt...real bad..then boom, you have to cut it out by MD before it explodes..I'm not kidding here, seriously. I know a few friends who have had that procedure done before.

At the same time,I also know many people who eat stuff like that and never have an issue.

Kaela said...

Is it crunchy? Do you eat the skin?

Oh, and I came across some freeze dried mangosteen here at Trader Joe's! I was so excited to try it since I had just read about it here.. I wanted to take a picture of the bag and post it, but I thought that might come across as a little bit crazy.

When I first bit into it all I tasted was that vitamin smell that all dried fruit seems to have... but then a second later I could actually taste it. No wonder you like that fruit so much! Even freeze dried little chunks had so much flavor. My daughter, who is a very cautious eater, liked it, too.

farang same you said...

Guava is "farang" in thai! Farang eating a farang! 55555!

a said...

Oh the irony...

Jenn said...

The reports of seeds getting astuck in your appendix is a wive's tale. The seeds pass straight through your digestive tract with no harm done.

These guavas are delicious. I had them in Taiwan and couldn't stop eating them after my first.

The middle part is best I think, if you eat it all together its fantastic, skin and all, you just don't really chew the middle so as not to bite the seeds and hurt your teeth.

a said...

My sources tell me that swallowing guava seeds is very dangerous. In fact, if you make the unfortunate mistake of swallowing one or two of these ticking time bombs you must get your stomach pumped right away or you risk having a guava tree grow out your ears.

Anonymous said...

okay, if you shouldn't eat them and they break your teeth if you try, how do you easily get rid of all of them?

a said...

anon

it's totally okay to eat them. A tree will (probably) not grow out of your ears.

With this particular variety of guava, it's very simple to cut the seeds out entirely if you desire. Other types which you can eat in a couple of bites, just chew carefully.

hope this helps!

chris said...

we can eat guava as a whole, or we can prepare juice, jelly, jam, paste, concentrate and consume.

Anonymous said...

yummmmmmmmmmm I LOVE GUAVA!!!!!!! <3 In fact I'm eating one right now and I found this blog because I was googling if it's okay to eat the seeds or not. I just ate them anyways. YUMMMMMM OM NOM NOM

a said...

I want a guava. sigh.

Anonymous said...

I just ate one exactly like the one on the picture. I always eat the seeds. Have eaten them for 30 years or more, can't remember. So funny I was also wondering if seeds were ok while I was swallowing them, so I also googled it. :)
I had a tree once, but didn't like them much as they were the stinky kind of guava, I did learn to make guava jelly with them, it's my family's favorite. We never go without. Every time my dad or mom-in-law visits us from Nicaragua, is required they bring us some from Matagalpa. The best!

a said...

hey anon

lovely country Nicaragua. Spent time there years ago. Would love to visit again.

It's funny just how many people find this blog by googling whether or not is is safe to eat guava seeds! That was never the point of the post, but it took on a life of its own.

Anyhow, I really do love guavas, and miss them immensely. I have eaten my favorites in Mexico over the years. I especially like the small yellow ones with the pink insides. Although there are other great varieties as wella

Anonymous said...

Great blog found it googling if i could eat seeds. Eating first guava now mmmm

naimah said...

Hi,

Yes, I also found this blog when I was trying to find out if it is OK to eat the seeds. By the time I finished reading all of the comments I realized I had eaten the entire guava that was in my hand, skin and seeds included and it was good! Here in Jakarta the yellow ones with pink insides are abundant and cheap. One way to enjoy the whole guava without worrying about the seeds is to blend the whole guava with about a cup and a half of water, strain out the seeds and then blend in a little ice, sweetener, milk, etc. Mmmmmm delicious!

Anonymous said...

haha im doing the same thingeating a guava before bed googled it to see if seeds are safe although i ate them the other night anyway. they didnt do anything to me ;-) guava is by far a top delish fruit!!!i also just tryed a brazillian papaya it was so good also it says not to eat the seeds or skin, not sure why.

Anonymous said...

me too.... eating Guava now, and ate seeds:) i tried to chew the seeds but its pretty hard, so I swallowed them! So funny we all googled and tried to find out whether or not to eat seeds :)

Anonymous said...

Same here. Googling the seeds while eating guava paste that I bought earlier today, which is full of seeds! This paste is REALLY good. I hope they don't get stuck in my appendix. I ate them all while I was reading. My research shows that most people choose to eat them.

Anonymous said...

this is funny me too! I prefer pink guavas over the white ones but they're so much more expensive.

taiwanese guavas beat indonesian ones handsdown though; they ripen without being overly soft!

raiedzall said...

Guess what? i also landed here try to find out is it safe to eat guava seeds. And of course i ate the seeds anyway. Thumbs up for guava! :)

wopg.org said...

Just googled to see if it is safe to eat the seeds, it is safe and have water after eaten the whole fruit, rich in vit A, B, C.

Anonymous said...

i was googling if it's safe to eat the seeds too haha even though i already ate a bunch of them with seeds and all

nadia said...

I just did the same exact thing!! sooo good

Sushma said...

The same here.infact i was thinking if anybody asked such question. And see so many did the same thing. I swallowed the seeds without chewing.hope it won,t affect any part of my body.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that its not good to eat the seeds of guava

Gilbert said...

I also came here here from a google search after looking up if the seeds are safe to eat! Well, this guava juice has crushed seeds from the blender but apparently it's safe, also, guava is delicious! and it has many benefits!

Anonymous said...

I, too, came here to find out whether it's safe to eat the seeds, lol. I ended up eating two whole guavas seeds and all before I could find an answer. :P

Daily Nutrition said...

Hi, love all your comments. I have never eaten a fresh guava, only the juice, but found out that guava seeds are high in omega-3. If you swallow them whole and they pass through undigested, how can a body benefit from the omega-3? I actually came across this blog thinking I might be able to purchase and eat guava seeds like pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Let me know what your thoughts are.

Kishore said...

Nice discussion goin on here....was googling for guava seeds nutrition while munching through a large sized whole guava....yummyyyyy...Btw I don't think its harmful to eat guava seeds. I have been eating them from my childhood and never had a problem.

a said...

After all these years it's funny to see how THIS is the most popular entry on this here blog. It has certainly been an amusing conversation!

Anonymous said...

Got here cuz I was wondering if it's okay to eat the seeds.....I'm eating one now. Although I prefer the green ones over the ripe ones. Here we got seedless ones also! We eat them with chilli and salt...:)

Anonymous said...

We should never chew the Guava seeds because they have harmful effect on stomach. Chewing seeds might cause acidity and hence harmful to the people having ulcer. Constipation might happen. So, best way to eat guava is simply eat the outer part and then swallow the seeds without chewing. Don't leave seeds since slippery nature of seeds aid in proper bowel movement.
Enjoy!!

C. Rheea Turo said...

Haha, I'ma guilty googler!
As I was typing my keywords, I chipped a bottom front tooth toying around with my first seed when I actually bit down on it.
Now I have an annoying rough spot that has perpetual contact with my tounge.
NOTE: Do NOT bite down on seeds...hard enough to chip teeth.
LOL I also enjoyed reading this entry. Now I'm going to scroll back up and read the original entry :)
You all have a great day :)

Anonymous said...

ended up her googling abt seeds as well. lol

Anonymous said...

My South African doctor told me, that guava pips are the hardest of all fruit seeds. Human stomach acid can't handle them. If you have problems with DIVERTICULITIS, don't swallow them! If you have false teeth they are akward too. If you don't have false teeth yet, biting them might help you to get some sooner (through biting on them). The non pip part with skin and flesh ( I love the pink ones)are especially tasty and healthy. They are called KOEJAWELS in Afrikaans and have a unique strong very typical smell!!
Enjoy en try to grow them in your garden, if you have space!
A full of vitamin winter fruit here in SA :-)

Anonymous said...

Funny enough, I am eating a guava too and thought why were we told in Nigeria that the seeds were bad so I was just trying to google to know the facts. By the time I read through some of the threads, I had already finished the whole guava with seeds. The middle is definitely the best part so why not eat it.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Kenya and we grew guava and picked them straight from the tree and ate the whole fruit especially the inside flesh and seeds too.you just don't try to break the seeds. coz they can be tough.I never heard or saw anyone need surgery coz of swallowing the seeds,if anything it's great for the digestive tract.great roughage,I never even had a stomach ache from it.pple should get their facts straight and stop scaring pple with their ignorance.that being said,enjoy the whole guava people!! :-)