15 Types of Guava That Explode Delicious Flavors
Author: Anne Cowart | Editor: Omar Alonso
Review & Research: Jen Worst & Chris Miller
When it comes to exotic fruits, guava is one of the most admired ones. This sweet, juicy, and flavorful fruit has different varieties, and some types of guava are super rare. Well, that's why people are more curious about it.
So, which guava varieties are worth the try? Do they all the guava varieties taste the same, or is it a rollercoaster of flavors? You will find out everything in this article.
15 Types of Guava
Though there are several varieties available, guava come with an identical look, even since guava's first domestication around 5,000 years ago. These guava species are mostly green, red, pinkish, and yellow and have bumpy outer skin.
From Africa to Asia, this exotic fruit is widely available on most continents. So, without wasting much time, let's learn how many varieties of guava are available for us to try.
Tropical White Guava
This guava is one of the most common ones out there. It has a round shape, rough skin, and the flesh is milky white. This guava doesn't have any strong fragrance, but it's amazingly juicy and sweet.
Tropical white guava types are native to Mexico, but you can find them everywhere, Pacific tropics, Asia, and Africa. As it has a tender and juicy flesh, you can eat it like an apple or add it into your salads or smoothies, whichever you prefer.
This guava tree grows healthily in mid-warm temperature and moist soil. So, if you want to grow this tree in your backyard, make sure you can provide this tree with the perfect environment.
Sweet White Indonesian Guava
Imagine a large green pear with bumpy skin; well, that's what this guava looks like. It is native to Indonesia, as the name suggests, with creamy-pinkish flesh. And yes, this guava is juicy and sweet too.
When this species of guava fruit is perfectly ripe, it turns yellowish-green. This guava grows in a large tree and a huge quantity. But the tree develops slowly, which isn't good news for impatient growers.
Red Indian Guava
If you're looking for diversity, you need to see the Red Indian guava. They come with pink, super juicy flesh with yellowish veins. And when you take a bite, you'll feel a sweet-sour flavor in your tongue, which is quite interesting.
These types of guava comes with a yellow rind, the interior is full of seeds; and the scent is pretty strong too. However, you have to wait until it's fully ripe to eat this fruit. Or else, you will only taste bitterness.
This guava tastes kind of like strawberries; hence, the name. They have translucent flesh with numerous hard seeds, and they come in an oval shape. When it's raw, the skin is greenish, and it starts to turn maroon or dark green with time. Strawberry guava goes great with any types of raspberries, too.
Unlike most guava, the skin of this guava is pretty smooth. And it tastes sweet but a bit tangy and gives a rose-strawberry aroma, which is quite exhilarating. Because of its unique flavors, you can use it for making jams, jelly; add it to your fruit salad; the sky is the limit.
This type of guava is an egg-shaped one and has a yellowish-green or light green color. Once it ripens completely, it offers a strong aroma and invites you to bite.
With creamy-white flesh and sweetness, this guava can win anyone's heart. The flesh is not that tough or super tender, so the texture feels really good in your mouth.
Most guava varieties have a soft center with lots of hard seeds in them. But this one is a bit different as it comes with only a few seeds. So, unlike the other types, you don't have to remove the seeds before eating them as they are edible.
This tropical fruit is bigger and gives you a pineapple, strawberry, and guava vibe. Therefore, if you're thinking about making big batches of guava jams, you should definitely try this one.
As the name suggests, these guava have a tangy and strong flavor similar to lemons. However, it is also sweet and tender so that you won't get a robust citrus-like vibe from it.
When you cut this fruit in half, it kind of looks like a lemon with squishy perforated flesh with seeds. And the skin is basically lime green when it's immature and becomes yellow after it's fully ripe.
Another of the common but different types of guava, Detwiler is easily available everywhere. They come in different shapes and sizes, so it isn't easy to give an accurate description of the appearance of these fruits.
These fruits come with tender and juicy, yellowish flesh, and you have to give some effort if you want to take a bite. But it has a mild flavor and sweeter taste so that you won't have any complaints whatsoever.
Giant Vietnamese Guava
If you buy one of these guava, you can feed many people at once. These fruits are actually giant and have white flesh with a soft texture. I had a friend who's grandmother was growing one of these in the states along side various types of almonds, and I'd always be given containers at work full of both.
As these varieties of guava are super large, it is widely used for making guava juice by manufacturers worldwide. Furthermore, it is full of vitamins and nutrients, so it is also considered a superfood.
Hong Kong Pink Guava
These particular guava types are larger; typically weigh around 6 to 8 ounces. The Hong Kong Pink guava have dull green skin, and when they ripe, they turn yellowish.
They have thick and milky white flesh with a soft texture. Therefore, you don't need to cut them into pieces. But yes, as they come in giant sizes and are round-shaped, holding them in your hands and eating them won't be an easy task.
Besides having a mild aroma and sweet flavor, it has only a few seeds. Hence, it is easy to eat and perfect for making juice, smoothies, or even some distinct types of jam, whatever you crave.
Yellow Cherry Guava
If you ask any grower, they will tell you that these yellow cherry guava are the easiest to grow. Yes, the tree is low-maintenance, so that you will get plenty of fruits effortlessly. They aren't related to any types of cherries and are only named that way due to their appearance.
Additionally, these species of guava are small, which makes them suitable for storing if you have long-term plans for them. They are sweet, juicy, tender, so you will enjoy eating them during any season.
Thai Maroon Guava
This tropical fruit comes in softball size and is one of the most exotic types of guava you'll ever taste. And they have green skin, which can be bumpy or smooth; there isn't any certainty.
The flesh of this Thai Maroon guava is yellow to white, but it's more on the drier side when it comes to juiciness. And if you don't want to feel any bitterness, it would be better to eat it when it's completely mature.
However, these guava aren't intensely sweet; the flavor is mild, and so is the fragrance. So, making jam or smoothies out of this fruit isn't a good idea.
Ruby Supreme Guava
These guava look like any other traditional guava varieties. They are shaped like a baseball and become yellow when ripe. Well, that's nothing exciting, to be honest.
But Ruby Supreme guava have a sugary-sweet crunchy flesh, but it turns soft after maturing. You can use it in different recipes, and the outcomes will be awesome.
The harvesting period of this guava is 60-90 days, and the tree can grow at least 50-70 lbs fruits per year. Just make sure you know the best time to plant fruit trees. So, if you want to get maximum yield from your guava tree, going with this variation sounds like the best idea.
Though these guava are from Mexico and Peru, you will find them in every tropical area. So yes, when seeking the most common type of guava, you will find apple guava in your path.
These fruits aren't very large; hence, you can store them or eat them without cutting these guava in pieces. And the sweet and tender flesh is suitable for making jams or juices, or you can add them to your salad or fruit cup, depending on your preference.
Mexican Cream Guava
You may also know this guava species as "Yellow Tropical." They have soft-textured creamy flesh, making them perfect for desserts or smoothies.
Red Malaysian Guava
Are you looking for a vibrant fruit to add to your recipe? Well, you have these red Malaysian varieties of guava as an excellent option. Not just the fruit, the tree also has an aesthetically pleasing outlook thanks to its red leaves and pink flowers.
The flesh of these fruits is also dark red, which adds a dash of color to your dishes. And they have a sweet flavor and quite a strong aroma, which makes them one of the most desirable guava.
Other Types of Guava
If the above popular guava types didn't satiate your need for exploration, we've got a handful of extra guava species below for you to enjoy.
- Round Guava
- Brazilian Guava
- Beaumont Guava
- Mountain Guava
- Pyramidal Guava
- White Indian Guava
- Homestead Guava
- Costa Rican Guava
- Harijha Guava
- Chittidar Guava
- Banarasi Guava
- Pink Acid Guava
We can't give the full break down of all these different types of guava, but this will be a great starting point for you.
Types of Guava to Explore for Lovers of this Species
People around the world fancy this fruit for various reasons. You can eat every part of this these guava varieties, from the skin to seeds except the stem. And adding them into your fruit salad or dessert will take the recipe to a whole new level, which is pretty impressive.
As there are plenty of types of guava, you can try a new one every day. And every variant has something unique to offer, which makes the whole experience more thrilling than it already is.