Cooking and Baking

Guava glut - A CSA windfall...

For the last 2 shares, my CSA box has included guavas, and I see that I will have *more* again tomorrow. For the first week, I just enjoyed the aroma, which is intoxicating....and then the fruits rotted and I ditched them. I actually ate one raw, and was very disappointed in the flavor....it was a ghost of the aroma, and the fruit was so filled with incredibly hard, unyielding seeds as to be inedible.

The next time, I made a syrup from them, and ended up with about a cup and a half of heavy, very tasty sugar/guava syrup and some semi-candied shells. Of course, I'm still trying to figure out what do do with both of these...although I think the syrup could be destined for a cake.

As I said, more are coming tomorrow. The fruits I've been getting are small, very small, about the size of ping-pong balls, so the amount of the nasty, incredibly hard seeds is astonishing. You almost can't find any flesh around the seeds, and my razor-sharp and heavy chef's knife won't cut through the seeds, that's how hard they are.

I'm desperate. When I signed up for the CSA, I vowed not to waste anything that came in my share. I feel I didn't do justice to the first batch, and barely respected the second, given that the syrup and the candied shells are still lurking in my fridge.

What to do with more? And what to do with the already existing syrup and cooked shells? I'm open to salsas, chutneys, anything. I love Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Latin and American cuisines. I'm adventureous in the kitchen and willing to take risks...got ideas?


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