Guava is one out of many fruits, and the liquid gotten from inside of this fruit is called the juice. The process of extracting or removing the juice from the fruit is called “Juicing”. Juice is a drink made from pressing or extracting the natural liquid contained in especially fruits, and its history can be traced as far back as 150 B.C (talking about the ancient times of mashing of pomegranate and figs).
Without the use of fermentation unlike in the production of wine, the production and the use of juice become a very interesting beverage option with easy preservation using pasteurization methods.
Guava is a common tropical fruit cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions. The most frequently eaten species is the one called apple guava and it’s often referred to as “the guava”, its fruits have many seeded berries. Other types of guava are; strawberry/pink guava, yellow-fruited guava (sometimes called lemon guava), white guava.
Guava fruits are egg-shaped or round depending on the species. The fruit skin is usually green before it ripe or mature, and maybe rough and soft with its thickness depending on species. Even after maturity, the fruit may still be green, or become yellow, and the pulp inside maybe sour or sweet.
Guava fruit contain edible seeds, and these seeds can be eaten but could get attached to the teeth which could cause a form of irritation. This is why many people prefer and enjoy making the juice from the fruit for maximum satisfaction. The fruit is rich in potassium, antioxidants, dietary fiber as well as in vitamin C.
What You Must Know Before Making Guava Juice
It must firstly be noted that the making of guava juice can be done at home, which of course can be that easy, simple and cheap. The making or production of this guava juice might also not necessarily have to involve any sophisticated machines or equipments like a juicer for example. In the case of using a juicer as mentioned, a blender could simply be used instead, in making your guava juice in a short period of time. By using the blender, ensure you dice the guavas in the smallest possible way to make them easier to blend.
More so, it must be noted that another version of the juice can be made by adding either one or more ingredients like lemon and ginger. Adding these ingredients give you another dimension of the guava juice, and one of the ways of which this can be evident is when you are intending to make a guava juice targeted at ensuring weight loss.
Furthermore, you can use the pink or regular guavas for the making or production of the guava juice. You must also ensure that they have matured or ripe enough before using them. You must also know that blending the guavas too much will disrupt the manner of consistency in the juice because by much blending, you would have blended the seeds so much that they might begin to feel like sand in your juice.
Finally, you need to know that recipes to be used in making the guava juice can be doubled or tripled with the seeds strained out when juicing. Ice cubes can be added to the juice as well. When done with the making, ensure that you serve immediately, don’t leave it outside preservation for more than 6 hours.
Materials and Ingredients
Materials and ingredients used are; guavas, blender, knife, water, sugar, sieve/strainer, pitcher, spoon, cup.
Procedure in Making Guava Juice
1. Quickly wash the guavas and cut off both ends. Cut the guavas and put the pieces in the blender.
2. Up to about 2 inches from the top, fill the blender with water and add ¼ to ½ cup of sugar. Then blend the guava water mixture until smooth.
3. By putting the sieve/strainer over the pitcher, at about a cup at a time, pour the water mixture and let it sieve/strain through. If the sieve/strainer gets blocked, use spoon to stir it, and endeavor to trash extra pulp and seeds.
4. Sieve or strain through the next cup, and continue sieving/straining until you get a well sieved/strained juice.
5. In achieving this, you can preserve the guava juice specifically in the refrigerator and then serve anytime when chilled.
Since guava fruits are rich in potassium, antioxidants, dietary fiber as well as in vitamin C, taking guava juice can therefore serve as a source of good supplement to a healthy diet. With the fruits characterized with low calorie, guava juice can be taken regularly without the worries of calories increase in the body.