Monin Guava Syrup
Monin Guava Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
As a fruit that thrives in tropical and subtropical climates, the taste of guava is one which conjures up the image of an exotic paradise. The sweet taste is hard to describe- some think it is similar to pears whereas others compare it to strawberries, and the most commonly eaten species is known as the apple guava, so-called because of its resemblance to the other popular fruit.
The sweet succulent flavour of the guava makes it perfect as a dessert or in drinks, and Monin guava syrup is a great way to add this delicious taste with a single shot.
The geography of the guava
Guavas are thought to have originated in either Mexico or Central America but their popularity soon spread throughout the world, and India is now the leading producers of guavas with China and Thailand making up the top three.
Guavas grow on tall shrubs with white flowers and they take two years to bear fruit, but they do have a high yield and the plants can be active for 40 years which makes them popular with farmers who want to get a good return on their plants.
Its not just humans who are captivated by the taste of guava plenty of birds and animals also love the sweet taste of the fragrant fruit. They eat the seeds which are dispersed through their droppings, allowing more crops to grow. This is often a positive thing, but in Hawaii, this method of seed sowing has resulted in the strawberry guava overwhelming the native species, with more than 100 under threat from the guava plants that are now considered an invasive species. However, there are areas where the guava tree is under threat of extinction due to habitat destruction and the Jamaican guava is already extinct.
In Hawaii, the wood of the guava trees are burned to smoke meat and it is a popular choice amongst those who compete at barbecue competitions across the United States and the leaves are used for barbecues in Cuba and Mexico.
Their worldwide popularity has resulted in a huge international market for guavas with 46.5 million tonnes being produced worldwide in 2016. More than 41 per cent of these are grown in India, with China and Thailand growing the majority of the rest.
Guavas can be round or oval-shaped depending on the species and most varieties are around the size of an apple. Their scent is citrusy, similar to lemons but slightly less sharp and their outer skin can be rough with a bitter taste, or softer with a sweeter flavour. Most guavas have green skin as they ripen, and some stay green while others change to yellow or maroon as they ripen. The inner flesh can be sweet or sour and varies from white to a deep pink in species known as red guavas.
In Latin America, particularly Mexico, agua fresca is a popular drink that is often made from guava juice. The whole fruit is often used in punches with the juice being a popular ingredient in both hot and cold cooking sauces and a traditional Mexican alcoholic drink called pulque is often flavoured with guava.
In most places, guava is eaten raw, simply cut into quarters or eaten like an apple, but in some places they prefer to eat it salt and pepper and a sprinkling of cayenne pepper or masala spices. In Taiwan, guava is sold on the street corners and markets as a tasty way to beat the hot weather and in the Philippines, guava is the main ingredient in a traditional stew called sinigang which is also flavoured with tamarind and green peppers.
Because it has such a high level of natural pectin, guava is often used to make preserves, jams, jellies and marmalade. In Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, guava marmalade is a popular option to have on toast.
The sweet taste of guava makes it perfect for a variety of desserts, and this traditional Puerto Rican treat is so simple you can make it in minutes.
Easy Guava Pastelitos
You will need:
2 sheets of puff pastry (ready rolled is ideal)
Either a can of guava paste or a tin of guava halves
150ml of double cream
Whipped cream dispenser
50ml of guava syrup
Icing sugar for dusting
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry and spoon 9 tablespoons of guava paste or tinned guava halves in 3 rows of 3.
3. Carefully lay the other sheet of puff pastry on top of the first and gently press down between the guava before cutting with a pizza cutter or sharp knife to create 9 sealed pockets.
4. Transfer the pastries to the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown
5. Turn out onto a wire rack and dust with icing sugar.
6. To serve, combine the guava syrup and cream in the canister of a whipped cream dispenser and swirl a generous dollop on top of each pastry.
This simple but delicious dish is so versatile you can serve it as a dinner party dessert, a mid-morning snack or a weekday treat.