Our pineapple guava tree is dropping fruit like crazy this year and I decided to make sorbet with the fruit. Last year, we were “fruit minus” — I think our neighborhood squirrels got the best of it — but that was before we got the dog. Now the squirrels don’t like to “hang out” here as much, if you know what I mean. Just one more benefit to having a dog.
The tree itself is beautiful. It looks a bit like an olive tree but with pretty white and pink flowers and bears small green grenade-looking fruit that tastes tropical and sweet; I would say it tastes more like a passion fruit than a guava. We wait all year for it to produce fruit. They’re fun to eat because you basically bite off one end and suck the yummy fruit right out.
My girls are always begging me to get the ice cream maker out so I thought it would be fun to try some sorbet with the pineapple guava. The girls climbed the tree and shook it like crazy until the fruit came tumbling down. (At times I think I have little monkeys in lieu of children — did I mention the littlest one was born with an overabundance of black hair?) Really, they had so much fun; this is what being a kid is all about! They collected the fruit in their dresses and we headed toward the kitchen.
To make the sorbet, I cut the tops off the fruit (didn’t want to use our biting technique for this application) and the girls squeezed out the “meat” into a bowl. We then tossed the fruit in the blender, strained it to get rid of the grittiness of the tiny seeds, mixed it with ½ cup of lemonade (I always keep a combination of fresh lemon juice and simple syrup on hand when my lemons are going in season), put it in the ice cream maker, and half an hour later we had cool, refreshing sorbet.
Pineapple guava sorbet makes a fantastic frozen dessert because it’s not too sweet, but rather crisp, a little tart, vaguely tropical, and just so, so good. Plus, the girls felt like it was such an extra special treat because they were involved in every step of making it. As far as desserts go, it was on the healthier side too, which is always a bonus.
Thanks to this Indian summer heat, I head off now to make another batch. Have a great weekend!
Pineapple Guava Sorbet
2 cups fruit
½ cup lemonade
Mix in blender.
Pour into your ice cream maker per it’s instruction (my Cuisinart 2Qt took about 25 minutes — I store the insert in the freezer).