Extra Helpings: Guava Paste


Nancy asks: Okay, you got me. You used guava paste in a recipe the other day and I had no idea what you were talking about. What is it and where do I find it?

Great question. Sometimes when we are so familiar with something, we lose sight of the fact that this just may be someone else’s first trip to the rodeo.

Probably because I’m Latina, I grew up eating guava, the round tropical fruit that is yellowish to deep red with sweet reddish or pinkish flesh. Guava has a deeply floral aroma and is heavenly sweet and flavorful.

Guava paste, on the other hand, is a purée of cooked guava (of course) sugar and (occasionally) pectin, which gives it a very thick texture. It is often so thick you have to slice it! It is wildly popular in Latin and South America, the Caribbean and Spain and is used with everything: as a spread, as a glaze for meat, as filling for tamales, as a topping for pancakes… you get the picture.

I like pairing guava paste with milder cheeses, like manchego, brie or feta. Of course, it also goes well with cream cheese and Mexican cheeses like cotija and queso fresco. Although its popularity is growing, you can usually find it at Mexican or Latin American grocery stores or in the ethnic section of the bigger supermarkets. Sometimes it is labeled guayaba.

Nancy’s question got me thinking… sometimes it’s easy to be intimidated by food and what you think you don’t know. Don’t be! Ask! After all… it’s only food!

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4 thoughts on “Extra Helpings: Guava Paste

  1. Stacy Uncorked

    I’m going to have to spend some time digging through your recipes – I love cooking with unique things like guava! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, linking up and following me – I’m following you every which way possible, too! 🙂 Have a great weekend! 🙂

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  2. Xenia

    Last year my Marshalls had Goya Guava jelly in stock and I lived on it – cream cheese and guava jelly on rolls, guava jelly on toast, etc. I ran out and haven’t been able to find it anywhere else and now I’m dying to try the paste!

    1. Mama Post author

      Trader Joe’s has it (at least the ones near me) and World Market. Many grocery stores are carrying it now, too. Thanks for stopping by!


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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mamashighstrung@gmail.com