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Guava Paste

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Guava paste is believed to have originated in Colombia. It was first made by indigenous people, who used it as a sweetener and as a way to preserve guavas. Guava paste was introduced to the rest of the world in the 16th century by Spanish explorers.

This recipe is a simple and classic way to make guava paste. The guavas are cooked until they are very soft, and the sugar is added to thicken the mixture. The lemon juice is added to prevent the guavas from turning brown.

Guava Paste

Course: SidesDifficulty: Easy


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Guava paste is a sweet and sticky spread made from guavas, sugar, and lemon juice. It is a popular ingredient in Latin American cuisine, and it can be used in a variety of dishes, such as pastries, desserts, and savory dishes.


  • 3 pounds ripe guavas, peeled and chopped

  • 4 cups sugar

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • In a large saucepan, combine the guavas, sugar, and lemon juice.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-2 hours, or until the guavas are very soft and the mixture is thick and sticky.
  • Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

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  • For a smoother guava paste, puree the guavas before adding them to the saucepan.
  • To make a guava paste spread, add 1/2 cup of water to the guava paste and blend until smooth.
  • Guava paste can be frozen for up to 6 months.