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Guava

Guava (500g)

Thai Name: Farang

Guava are a common fruit in Thailand, and are often eaten as a snack food, purchased from street vendors everywhere. They are most often eaten by chopping hte fruit into small slices, and then dipping it into a mixture of salt, sugar and chilli. This dip is named Prik Kab Kleua and is the stable condiment for most Thai fruits.

Guava is also often made into a fruit drink, by mixing it with crushed ice, or plain water, in a blender, this produces a drink named Nam Farang, which literally means Guava(farang) Water(nam).

May Thai candies and sweets (kanom) will use boiled Guava as an ingredient, it is also used to produce sweet jellies, jam and other preserves. Guava which has been boiled down to a sticky, thick syrup is also often used as a sweetener for other Thai sweet meats, or simply as a sweet topping for plain boiled rice.

The name Guava in Thai is Farang, and the Thai word Farang means foreigner. This simple fact should tell people that the Guava is not a native species of fruit in Thailand. It was introduced to the Kingdom of Thailand in the late 17th century, and has flourished in the South East Asian climate. Since its introduction to Thailand, it has become one of the most prolific fruit crops of the year.

Guava is of great nutritional value, and a single fruit can provide a daily recommended dosage of vitamins A, b and C.

Guava has found a prime place in the Thai Spicy Fruit Salad, where it is mixed with other fruits, chilli, garlic, dried shrimp and fish sauce, to create a sweet, yet tangy salad. This salad is then served with a bowl of fresh vegetables such as string beans, cabbage and cucumber, and eaten as a light meal or snack.

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