Strawberry guava is a small, almost mini-pomegranate-shaped berry with soft and juicy white flesh. It is loved all over the world for its tart, strawberry-guava-like flavor. Fresh strawberry guava fruit has a quick shelf-life, so enjoy them as soon as you can! The good news is that they also freeze very nicely so that you can enjoy your strawberry guava longer. That is, if you can keep from having “just one more”.
You may be wondering, where do these funny little strawberry guavas fruits grow? What’s the best season for strawberry guava? Keep reading to learn more about the rare and delicious strawberry guava!
Strawberry guava (psidium cattleianum), is a sweet, tropical fruit that’s also known as cherry guava, cattley guava, purple guava, or Chinese guava. This small, red fruit has a sweet aromatic flavor similar to standard guava, with a hint of strawberry, passionfruit and lime zest. Each strawberry guava ranges from about the size of a dime to roughly the size of a golf ball. The skin of a strawberry guava is thin, with a dark maroonish-red color. Inside, the fruit is soft and aromatically sweet. Strawberry guava flesh is white with pale pink speckles and hard, yellow seeds in the center. The fruit can be eaten straight from the bush, skin, seeds and all!
On the outside, the strawberry guava has smooth, edible, dark red skin. Inside the flesh resembles the look of the inside of a lemon, with the texture that feels like a cross between peach and pear. The yellowish seeds are somewhat hard, yet edible and crunchy. The smell of a strawberry guava is often described as aromatic and tropical, and less musky than standard guava.
At FruitStand, we team up with a farm that grows unbelievably delicious strawberry guava. When you’re ready to eat them, strawberry guava can be easily eaten raw or incorporated into some of your favorite recipes. Whether sliced, juiced, or blended, strawberry guava adds exotic fruitiness that kids and adults love. If you’re looking for easy strawberry guava recipes, visit the FruitStand blog! If you want advice on how to slice a strawberry guava, hop on over to our FAQ page!
The strawberry guava plant is native to south-east Brazil, but has been naturalized in Florida, Hawai’i, tropical Polynesia, Norfolk Island and Mauritius. It favors a warm tropical climate, but due to its drought resistance, the strawberry guava has also adapted very well to the southern California climate. These fruity berries grow on a large shrub that can grow to be up to 14 feet high.
Strawberry guava season peaks in the spring, but can be available year-round in certain parts of the globe. At Rancho Santa Cecilia, a farm in California where the fruit in your FarmStand shipment comes from, the season lasts typically from November to July. Strawberry guava season in the United States is like having a little bit of summer early in the year!
Whether a strawberry guava is certified organic or not will depend on the farm where it was grown. We partner only with the best family farms for exceptional quality of produce, many of which do not use pesticides on the fruit. When each harvest is available, we will tell you when the fruit is considered organic or conventional.