Guava seeds, what to do with them

Red guava, up close and personal

Red guava, up close and personal

Buried within red guava are lots of tiny edible seeds.

My grandmother said it best, guava seeds should be swallowed not eaten.

But don’t discard the seeds. Whenever possible use with the pulp. Because the seeds share many of the nutrients that the fruit has. And guava is a powerhouse of nutrients.

But if the seeds aren’t wanted, here’s a couple of ideas to extract them.

  1. Scoop the center seed cavity out. Using a paring knife or teaspoon, pull-out the seeds.
  2. Add the peeled fruit to a blender or food processor. Pulse until relatively smooth. If it’s a high-powered blender, the seeds will be blended into the pulp. If not, you can use a wide mesh blender to push the guava pulp through to extract the seeds.
  3. If you’re cooking guava, you can peel them. Cut them in half and them pop them into boiling water. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes or until the seed cavities eject themselves from the fruit. You can easily pull-out the seeds then.