iTi Tropicals spotlights savory applications of guava


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LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ. — The iTi Tropicals, Inc. innovation team has developed a margherita pizza recipe using its ingredient guava puree. Guava adds a touch of sweetness and dimension to tomato sauce while complementing fresh basil and mozzarella cheese with its zesty flavor, according to the company.

Guava can be incorporated into a variety of savory applications like marinades, salad dressings or dips. Adding an acidic component to meat marinades adds flavor, contributes to richer color and increases tenderness. Its benefit is maximized when used with meat that has been cut into small pieces. For example, iTi’s innovation team combined guava concentrate with soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and cubed chicken to create flavorful chicken skewers. Guava can also replace tomatoes when used as a base for savory applications.

In drinks, guava pairs well with other fruit flavors like mango, banana, and pineapple. It adds a sour flavor that complements the flavors of sweeter products such as pastries, cupcakes, icing and sorbets. It can be combined with heavy whipped cream, milk, sugar and vanilla to create a light tropical ice cream. Including guava in frozen desserts reduces fat and sugar content per serving while boosting flavor and increasing nutrient intake, according to iTi.

The fruit contains vitamins A and C as well as lycopene, a carotenoid that contributes to its reddish-pink hue and high antioxidant content. The Company offers a range of guava ingredients, including pink guava concentrate, pink guava puree and organic pink guava puree.

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