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Who doesn’t know this common tradition among Mauritians to take a trip to the south of the island to pick guavas from China during the fruiting season? Are you from those that eat all of them on the spot or do you bring some home to enjoy with your family? If you’re more into the second option, we might have something for you. Did you ever think about turning them into a jam? You are warned: this is definitely one treat to have in your arsenal of homemade goods!

Let’s talk guavas! These widely grown fruits loved by locals are packed with flavour and nutrients, making them a popular choice for jams and jellies. Thing is, you’ll need four ingredients to make this refreshing treat in the middle of our summer heat. That’s right, just four! So, here’s how we make this ultimate spreadable goodness.

  • Gather your ingredients
    You’ll need fresh guavas, sugar, water, and lemon juice. The amount of sugar you’ll need will depend on how sweet you want your jam to be, but a good rule of thumb is to use an equal amount of sugar to guava puree.
  •  Prepare the guavas
    Wash the guavas thoroughly, then peel and remove the seeds. Cut the guava into small pieces and place them in a blender or food processor. Puree the guava until it’s smooth and set it aside.
  • Cook the guava puree
    In a large saucepan, combine the guava puree, sugar, and water. Stir the mixture well and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add lemon juice
    After 20 minutes, add lemon juice to the mixture and stir it well. The lemon juice will help to balance the sweetness of the jam and give it a tangy flavour.
  • Continue to cook the jam
    Let the mixture continue to cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the jam thickens to your desired consistency. You can test the consistency by placing a small amount of jam on a plate and letting it cool. If it’s too runny, continue to cook the jam for a few more minutes.
  • Can the jam and enjoy!
    Once your jam has reached the desired consistency, remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. While it’s still warm, pour the jam into clean, sterilised jars and seal them tightly. Then, spread it on toast, add it to yoghurt or ice cream, or use it as a glaze for meat dishes. Store the jars in a cool, dry place and enjoy a punch of guava flavour whenever you want!