Pineapple guava is another special and amazing species from the different available varieties of guava. The name “pineapple guava” is given to it simply because its shape resembles that of another fruit called pineapple. Similarly, it also has a crown and assumes an elongated shape of a pear.
Pineapple guava is scientifically called Feijoa sellowiana and simply called “Feijoa” in many parts of the world. This fruit is about 3.4 to 3.5 inches tall, has a green skin and an inner seedy flesh that is creamy whitish in colour and juicy.
Its taste is peculiar, having a sharp, pungent flavor combined with sweet and bitter elements.
Pineapple Guava Shrubs
Pineapple guava grows on a shrub that thrives in a dry mild climate which is always evergreen. The shrub grows wide and at about 12-15 feet tall. This pineapple guava shrub is common to many parts of Paraguay, Colombia, Uruguay and northern Argentina.
It is also common to the highlands of southern Brazil and grown in large quantities in New Zealand.
The pineapple guava shrubs also produce amazing pink flowers. These flowers are edible and can be used in beverages, as an ingredient to make jelly or also as a garnish for making salads.
The shrubs are used in gardening for ornamental purposes, because they are evergreen and produce beautiful green color all year round.
Consequently, the pineapple guava tastes the best when left to ripe on the shrub, since the taste will not be palatable when the fruit is not ripened.
So it’s reasonable to know the signs, and when the fruits will get ripened before picking them up for use, because for this particular species, there is no obvious transformation or change in colour that would depict or show that it is ripened.
The fruits are collected immediately they drop from the shrub which indicates that it’s ripened.
How useful is This Fruit?
Pineapple guava also has many health benefits, and it remain a sought after guava species. It is very nutritious and has low levels of calories and carbohydrates.
It also contains nutrients like minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals, dietary fiber, antioxidants and phenols.
It has moderate levels of minerals like potassium, copper, manganese, iron and calcium etc. It also has significant levels of vitamin C and trace amounts of vitamins like vitamin E, A, and K.
Consecutively, the mineral contents like potassium, copper, manganese, iron and calcium contained in pineapple guava is important in helping to increase energy levels, improve bone strength and keep you active.
The potassium present in pineapple guava helps to reduce tensions in blood vessels and arteries of people with stroke, high blood pressure, etc. More so, the small amount of iron present in pineapple guava aids the production and circulation of red blood cells.
Vitamin contents like vitamin B help to boost the body’s metabolism like hormone production, protein synthesis, nervous system stimulation, blood flow stimulation e.tc. Vitamin C as well also helps to boost the human defense system, thereby stimulating the production of white blood cells.
The present of antioxidants in pineapple guava aids retentive memory and reduce the risks of memory diseases like dementia.
Finally, dietary fibers present in pineapple guava helps to reduce cholesterol level in the body, aid digestion and ease conditions like constipation, stomach upset, cramps etc. the low levels of calories and carbohydrate present in the fruit helps to regulate blood sugar levels and improve weight loss.
How to Eat Pineapple Guava
- Wash the fruits and cut preferably into half.
- Remove the seed and scrap out the soft creamy sweet flesh with a spoon and eat.
- If you want more dietary fiber content from the fruit, just slice it without removing the skin.
- Also, if you are to enjoy more sweetness from the fruit remove the entire skin since the bitter flavor is very near to the skin.
- Before you eat, ensure that the seed pulp is clear, this depicts its ripeness.
- Don’t eat pineapple guavas that are more than half-browned inside, they might have started undergoing spoilage.
In addition, as you have learnt more about pineapple guavas from this article, you can also eat it by tossing it in a blender to make a wonderful smoothie and the fruit can also be peeled and chop into sizes of your choice, adding it to your cereal, ice cream, yoghurt or fruit salads.