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Guava Jam – playing with the seasons

Recently, during a braai with family one Sunday I had guava jam for the first time - and wow!! I am in love! For the past month I searched high and low for a bit of this wonder product - only finding it at one family market near Stellenbosch. But... I couldn't get myself to buy the little pot of gold. It was just to expensive.

There is a fruit market near my work in Paarl that sells a wide range of seasonal fruit. On one of my lunch outings I bought about 2 kilograms of guavas, which are now in season, one kilo for eating fresh (Yum!) and one to take my first try at making jam. Guava jam. Even more yummy!!!

I researched the art of "jam-making" in a few of my favourite recipe books and created my own little "How to" on cooking the PERFECT guava jam.

How to:

  • Peel and cut each guava into thin slices.
  • Put your guava slices in a pot, covering it with cold water. Let it come to a boil and allow to simmer until they are soft.
  • Strain the water and let the cooked fruit cool.
  • Add white sugar - about 500g for every 500g of fruit.
  • Slowly warm the mixture on the stove. It will begin to boil slightly after a while - be sure to stir often.
  • Remove the pot from the heat when the sugar is totally dissolved.
  • Let the jam cool before filling your jar(s). NB: Sterilize your jars with boiling water beforehand.

Uses for your YUMMY guava jam:

  • On toast with butter and a generous slice of cheese
  • On scones or muffins with your afternoon tea
  • With plain yogurt and muesli as a delicious breakfast (anytime of the day!)
  • With vanilla ice-cream - The ideal dessert!
  • In Hertzoggies in the place of apricot jam

Not only are guava super delicious - they are healthy too:

  • Guava is low in calories and fats but carry several vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • The fruit is very rich source of soluble dietary fibres.
  • Guava-fruit is an excellent source of  vitamin-C. 100 g fresh fruit provides 228 mg of this vitamin, more than three times the required daily-recommended intake.

Source: nutrition-and-you.com

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