Casquitos de Guayaba originated in my grandmother’s home department of Tolima. They are a delicious way to fill your house with the most satisfying sweet and delicious aroma in the world. Fresh guavas have a great fragrance that is extracted and dispersed when cooked slowly for long periods of time. Guavas are either pear-shaped or apple-shapped. Use the pear-shaped ones that run about two inches long by one wide and are very deep orange-pink color. The apple-shaped variety is very hard and has a white colored pulp inside. Fresh guavas are sometimes available in the southern states closest to the Mexican peninsula; also look for them in specialty supermarkets. Frozen guavas can only be used for juice as they soften and get mushy when thawed.
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