Tasting the fruits of arazá! (Strawberry guava, Psidium cattleianum)
Today I woke up in a good mood because I knew I would try the first fruit of the native plant called arazá in Latin America, and strawberry guava in Spain and elsewhere.
I went to the 3 years old tree and I took some photos of mature and immature fruits:
(immature fruits, the plant is very productive)
I touched one of them, the first to turn red (had to wait three days since it began to change color) and was half soft, then I pulled it out and it gently detached.
I took some photos to take into account its size (about 3cm in diameter):
Came off a little juice. The aroma seemed similar to a tomato mixed with some grape flavor.
I removed the seeds because I will do some plants from these fruits. There were 19:
And of course I ate it! Months waiting to try one of these fruits that are not available in Argentina even in any grocery store! The taste is good, sour and sweet, to me is very similar to a tomato mixed with a grape, but it has something else that is indescribable and logically owned by the fruit itself. It was a bit sandy but I found that it does not mind at all, on the contrary, becomes interesting.
It was not necessary to add sugar, which happens with other traditional fruits such as strawberries.
In the end, it feels a very personal aftertaste remaining in the mouth, which I loved and I’ve tried beforefrom homemade jam from guava (Psidium guajava). Could it be what is called tannins?
Anyway, being a fruit as healthy (lots of vitamins and antioxidants), juicy and tasty, I think has a great future both for fresh consumption and for jams or any other type of industrialization or pastry that is made with traditional fruits .
When I feel that taste like tomato, I wonder how it will be actually applied as a sauce for pasta!
Updated, 6 march 2013
I picked up a more ripe one:
it smell like strawberry
I tried this more ripe fruit than before ones, and it was really excellent, exquisite, if I have to compare it to something, say it was a cross between plum and strawberry.
Another important fact: I gave it to my wife to try (we ate each half) and it seemed tasty, she liked it: that’s important because she likes very few meals.
I can not believe that in Argentina, one of the countries of origin of arazá, it is not sold anywhere!