Description: Guavas are an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums healthy. Eating foods with vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Guavas also provide vitamin A, an antioxidant that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Vitamin A also helps maintain eye health. Guavas also provide potassium, folate and fiber. Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure, and fiber helps control cholesterol and keeps you regular. Folate may reduce your risk of heart disease. Eating foods with folate before pregnancy helps lower the risk of delivering a baby with neural tube defects.
Selection: Select guava that are firm, yet give to gentle pressure. Avoid selecting guava that have blemishes.
Storing: Guavas will ripen at room temperature until they give to gentle pressure (a ripe guava is light yellow with slight pink). Immediately refrigerate ripe guava and use within 4 days.