Jul 1, 2008
Ever since I found the Guaya, Handmade Goodies blog I've been wanting to try a guaya. Since Jordana said it's guaya time, I decided to head over to the main square here in Playa del Carmen and see if the fruit ladies were selling any. Whadaya know, they were!
I bought the bunch you see at top for $15 pesos (roughly $1.50 US) and asked the lady to show me how to eat one. Basically, you stick a fingernail into the side of the guaya and the skin cracks open. The skin is thin, but tough and almost looks like a lime skin, but there's no thick, white part to it.
So you crack it open and it reveals this little orangish-pinkish colored fruit. It reminds me a lot of the process you use when eating a lychee berrie, in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if guayas are remotely related to the lychee.
Then you squeeze the pinky-orangy fruit into your mouth, much like a scuppernong (for my Southern readers). Sorry Northern readers, I can't think of anything similar except a lychee.
The fruit is probably 80% seed. There's huge seed inside that is white. The flavor isn't like anything I've ever tasted, really. It's sort of bitter sweet, or sweet and sour. I can't relate it to anything really, except maybe a SweetTart, but not as sweet.
The flesh is very stringy and the whole thing isn't really juicy or anything. It's sort of hard to separate the flesh from the seed, so I decided just to sort of suck the flavor off of it and just bite a little at the flesh. It's not the sort of fruit that will fill you up, it's more like a snack you would eat for the flavor- like candy.
Hubby thinks it's an acquired taste and he hasn't acquired it yet. I think I acquired it by the second one I tasted. I don't know if I'll run out and buy them every week, but they're pretty tasty and I'm glad I gave it a shot. Yet another cool, Mexican fruit.