Guava is low in calories and fat, but contains several vital vitamins, minerals andanti-oxidants

Guava is a tropical fruit rich in nutrition. With its unique flavour, taste, and goodness, the fruit easily fits into the category of ‘super-fruits’. It is an evergreen, tropical shrub or small tree, probably originating in Central and South America. It is now also grown widely in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Guava is low in calories and fat, but contains several vital vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, which play an important role in boosting immunity. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C with 100 grams of the fruit providing almost three times the daily recommended intake.

Regular consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance and remove cancer-causing agents from the body. Guava is also a rich source of soluble dietary fibre, which helps protect the colon mucous membrane. It also acts as a laxative. This fruit contains almost every element essential for good health.

Balsamic Guava and Feta Salad

Ingredients

Guava (small dices): 120 gm

Mixed lettuce leaves (cleaned and torn into small pieces, soaked in iced water for some time and drained): 160 gm

Fresh parsley leaves (cleaned and chopped): 10 gm

Extra virgin olive oil: 60 ml

Balsamic vinegar: 30 ml

Star anise (roasted and powdered): 1

Feta cheese (small cubes): 60 gm

Crushed black pepper: 1 tsp

Salt: To taste

Toasted bread (crusts removed): 4 slices

Method

Flatten the bread slices into thin sheets by using a rolling pin. Cut them in the desired shape and toast them in an oven at 130 degrees Celsius. Prepare the dressing by mixing the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, star anise powder, parsley, salt and pepper. Toss the lettuce along with the diced guava and the prepared dressing. Place on serving plates and add the feta cubes on top. Serve along with the toasted bread.

Executive Chef, Taj Coromandel