Guava agua fresca, also known in Mexico as agua de guayaba, both surprises and refreshes. If you've never tried it, its floral and fruity aromas will fill the air and your senses, and make you wish you had discovered it sooner.
You need just 3 ingredients to make it, and it's ideal for sunny days or anytime you have a gathering of family and friends.
I grew up with a guava tree in my backyard. I loved inviting my cousins and my friends over to climb that tree. We would pick as many guavas as possible and then sit on a branch eating delicious fruit together.
At times, we ate so many we had difficulty climbing out of the tree. I hope you enjoy this traditional Mexican guava agua fresca as much as I do.
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What is a Guava?
Guava is a fruit native to tropical America and, according to Waverley Root, there are approximately 150 species of guava in the world. They belong to the genus Psidium, Greek for “pomegranate,” Root says it was probably so named because the many small hard seeds enclosed by the pulp recall the pomegranate.
Currently, you can also find them in other parts of the world, like Portugal, Hawaii, and India, just to name a few. In the United States, they are grown commercially in Florida, but you can also find them in private gardens in southern California. I wish I had a tree at my house!
They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with yellow to pinkish skin, and with pale yellow to red flesh.
When in season, we use guavas in smoothies, cakes, desserts, Christmas punch as well as this guava agua fresca. My favorite way to eat them is fresh, picked from the tree.
The Benefits of Guava
Rich in minerals and fiber, some species offer higher vitamin C content than citrus. Guavas are a good source of folate, vitamin A and potassium, too.
So, guava agua fresca satisfies not only our taste but our body's needs as well.
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If you make it, be sure to snap a photo and share it with us on social media using the #mamalatinatips hashtag. I’d love to see it and have a chance to share it as well.
Guava Agua Fresca
It makes 8 cups
- 1 lb guavas, washed and cut in quarters
- 3/4 – 1 cup sugar, depending on sweetness of the guavas. Start with 3/4 cup
- 6 cups of water, divided
Place guavas, sugar and 3 cups of water in a blender or food processor. Mix until well combined.
Strain guava mixture into the pitcher, pour in the rest of the water.
Adjust sugar, add ice and serve.
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Print the Guava Agua Fresca Recipe
Guava Agua Fresca
- 1 lb guavas washed and cut in quarters
- 3/4 – 1 cup sugar depending on sweetness of the guavas. Start with 3/4 cup
- 6 cups water divided
- Place guavas, sugar and 3 cups of water in a blender or food processor. Mix until well combined.
- Strain guava mixture into the pitcher, pour in the rest of the water.
- Adjust sugar, add ice and serve.