Strawberry Guava Fruit Roll-ups

A new tradition for my ohana is to go ‘strawberry guava’ picking every year. You may be familiar with the typical guava fruit, however strawberry guava is a tiny fruit usually found in the wild. The plant is actually considered an invasive species in Hawaii because it spreads like a weed.  Strawberry guava resembles a miniature pomegranate, about the size of a marble. My husband and I went hiking yesterday to gather some strawberry guavas for making fruit leather today. Here are some photos from yesterday’s expedition:

 

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Have any of you ever been huckleberry picking? Huckleberries grow naturally throughout the North-Western part of the U.S. mainland. My husband describes the experience as “a berry buffet.” Huckleberries grow in abundance and you can just sit in a patch for hours and devour them. However, harvesting wild guavas takes a lot more work. First of all, we had to hike up to the optimal spot to find the guavas. Second, I confess we had to deviate from the trail to more easily access them. And last, we had to pretty much climb the trees for them. We definitely had to ‘work’ for our food. We got about two tupperwares full.

Strawberry guavas are not sweet per say. They have a sour kick when eaten. You can eat the fruit whole, the skin is soft and the seeds are chewable. However, we were anxious to try blending them to make dried fruit leather. This morning I experimented with strawberries, guavas and natural sweeteners to create an ultimately unique and delicious snack.

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Trial #1: Strawberry Guava Fruit Leather w/ Honey 

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 3/4 cup fresh strawberry guava
    • Cut off the ends and cut in halves
  • 2 Tbsp. honey

Method:

  1. Blend the strawberries, guava and honey in a blender until smooth.
  2. Before you pour the mixture onto the dehydrator tray, spray it with cooking spray so it does not stick. Food dehydrators typically come with trays specifically for fruit leather.  Move the mixture around until it evenly coats the tray surface.
  3. The quantities in this recipe result in a rather thick leather. The total dry time for me was 8 hours, at a temperature of 135 degrees F.

Trial #2: Strawberry Guava Fruit Leather w/ Agave Nectar

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberry guava, halved
  • 2 Tbsp. agave nectar

Method:

  1. Blend the strawberries, guava and agave in a blender until smooth.
  2. Before you pour the mixture on the tray, spray it with cooking spray to avoid sticking. Make sure the mixture evenly coats the tray.
  3. The quantities of this recipe were smaller than the first, so the total dry time was 6.5 hours, at a temperature of 135 degrees F.

RESULTS:

Bottom Line: Amazing! The strawberries, plus the guava and sweetener create such a unique and delectable taste. It was sweet, with a little kick- just like a tropical fruit punch. The only problem I had with the outcome were the seeds. Blending the skin of the strawberry guava made no difference, but the seeds were quite pronounced in the leather. Next time I will deseed the strawberry guavas before blending. Other than that, I highly recommend!

This is episode #3 of my dehydration project series. If you guys have any fruits or vegetables you would like me to attempt to dry, feel free to leave ideas in the comments below and I will do it!

P.S. I am aware the following pictures look like steak- but I promise it is the fruit leather! 😉

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