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Guava - where to buy?

foundinblank Dec 23, 2011 08:40 AM

Where can I find some guava in Manhattan (or the outer boroughs)? Thanks! It's for my first-grade class!

  1. PesachBenSchlomo Dec 23, 2011 11:09 AM

    Guava is very delicate and difficult to ship, which explains why it's not often seen in extra-temperate zones. I have seen guava preserves, however.

    This doesn't mean you won't find it; just that it will only be in the most specialized of fruiterers.

    1. coasts Dec 24, 2011 11:28 AM

      Manhattan Fruit Exchange has had it in the past. Couldn't say if they have it now.

      Manhattan Fruit Exchange
      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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        bearmi Dec 24, 2011 11:57 AM

        I bought them a couple of years ago from Agata and Valentina in UES but haven't been there for a while. Maybe you can give them a call to check. Wish you good luck!


        Agata & Valentina
        1505 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

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          wadawada Dec 26, 2011 08:30 PM

          Guava from Taiwan, green skinned, white flesh and very tasty are in a few of the fruit carts all over Chinatown and Flushing.I think they sell for $4 per pound, not cheap as one guava will be over half pound.

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          1. re: wadawada
            PesachBenSchlomo Dec 26, 2011 08:56 PM

            Sounds like the name "guava" is applied to more than one type of fruit, because the guava I know would be maybe 12 or 15 to a pound, if not more.

            1. re: PesachBenSchlomo
              bearmi Dec 26, 2011 09:52 PM

              Yeah. Pesach is right. I thought of the Taiwanese ones too but then I remembered the ones I saw at Agata and Valentina..they are the small ones with pinkish flesh inside (I vaguely rememember that they are from the Carribbeans) I think thats what most Americans are familiar with.

              1. re: bearmi
                PesachBenSchlomo Dec 27, 2011 07:39 AM

                My parents used to grow them in their back yard in Southern California. They tried to overnight some to me once, with disastrous results. They are very hard to ship.

              2. re: PesachBenSchlomo
                buttertart Dec 27, 2011 04:39 PM

                I've never seen the little pineapple guavas here, actually.

                1. re: buttertart
                  missmasala Dec 27, 2011 06:04 PM

                  you mean the yellow ones? (sometimes with pink flesh inside?) saw some in sunset park on 5th ave in the 40s last week.

                  1. re: missmasala
                    buttertart Dec 28, 2011 02:43 PM

                    The ones I mean are about the size of a loquat and dark green on the outside. They have a pineapple candy/popsicle smell. Were commonly in stores in Berkeley when we lived there.

                    1. re: buttertart
                      PesachBenSchlomo Dec 28, 2011 03:26 PM

                      Bingo. One finds them at California grocers. I especially like your description of the aroma: just about perfect.

                      1. re: PesachBenSchlomo
                        bearmi Dec 28, 2011 04:15 PM

                        Ha.. Buttertart and Pesach, I am originally from California too and, in fact, I lived in Berkeley about 20+ years ago:) What a small world! Glad to know that there are fellow Californians on this board (I know Lau is too)! Too bad I didn't come across guavas back then. Anyway, the ones I saw in NYC was from the Carribbeans and I am pretty sure it's not dark green (it was yellowish) on the outside so it's got to be a different variety.

            2. Veggo Dec 27, 2011 04:49 PM

              That it's for the classroom, I assume you want to present and share the whole fruit? For cooking purposes, because they are so often underripe or bruised, I use the Goya frozen pulp in 14 oz. flat packages, or the canned nectar.

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