Costa Rica Cas Guava - Juice and Fruit

Costa Rica Cas Guava - Awesome source of fiber, preventing many types of cancer, unique delicious taste, fights bacterial infections and is great for pain and inflammation. 

If ever there was a time to pucker your lips together and make weird facial contortions due to the acidity of a fruit, it would be proper to do so when tasting a raw Costa Rica Cas for the first time.  In no way whatsoever does this mean that it tastes bad for even lemons give this effect and from them we make sweet tasting lemonade.   I find it to be a delicious delicacy of sorts found in many ??sodas? (small quaint places to eat) and restaurants throughout Costa Rica.   Cas juice has an intriguing and unique flavor that most people will never forget.  It is one of the many treats here for someone looking to experience all that this country has to offer.  The Cas fruit is actually on one many types of guavas found throughout the world.  Some of the other important ones that are popularly found around the world are the pineapple guava and strawberry guava.  

Due to the prominence that it has here, and from all the information I could find, it is most commonly known in English as the Costa Rica Guava or Cas Guava.  Some folks say that the fruit is originally from here and has now spread to other parts of the world.  While I am not sure where the actual name ??cas? first appeared, it does have other names that are different all throughout Central America : guayaba ácida (Guatemala), guayaba agria (Colombia), guayaba de danto (Honduras), guayaba de agua (Panama), guayaba del Choco (Ecuador), guayaba montes (Mexico), guayaba (Nicaragua), and arrayan (El Salvador). 

The cas guava tree grows to a maximum height of about 20-25 feet and is robust.  The fruit normally grows to the size of 4-12cm.  It is commonly used to make jams, jellies and preserve and is rarely, if ever, eaten directly out of the hand due to its acidity. 

Here is a common way to make Cas Juice.  Preparation is easy and if you would like to get a better view of the fruit, please check out the video. 

1.    Use about four peeled fruits with a blender full of water.
2.    Blend slowly so as not to grind the seeds
3.    Strain the watery pulp through a sieve
4.    Add sweetener to taste ( we prefer Organic Sugar Cane).

The cas juice that is normally found prepared is usually a rich green color and is tart to the taste.  While being a fairly unique fruit, most people are also interested to know about what health benefits the cas fruit offers.   Research on the Costa Rican Guava or Cas fruit has not been extensive, however, it is in the same family as the other guavas and some of the same characteristics are shared by these fruits.  Another interesting fact is that the guava is often referred to as a superfruit, which means that it contains higher concentrations of certain nutrients than are found in other fruits. 

1.    Guava is a very good source of fiber.  Fiber helps to clean out the colon, which is at the heart and center of health in the body.  Lots of fiber in the diet leads to lower incidents of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other intestinal issues.
2.    It is a very rich source of Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant, which protects the body from the ravages of free radicals.  It also contributes to over 300 metabolic functions in the body and help to produce collagen.  Common guavas have about 4-5 times as much Vitamin C per weight than oranges. 
3.    This is a great fruit to eat for those trying to lose weight, not only due to the powerhouse of nutrients it contains, but again due to the fiber content and helping to clean out the body.
4.    Other nutrients found in good proportions in pineapple guava and strawberry guava are phosphorus, potassium, copper, vitamin a, and folic acid. 
5.    Other parts of the cas guava that have been used in folk or traditional medicine are the leaves, which have been used as a remedy for diarrhea, combating diabetes, dysentery, fever, coughs and colds. 
6.    Recently the leaves have also undergone research and show promising results in the treatment of cancer, bacterial infections, inflammation and pain.

In summary, not only is this fruit a unique little known jewel found commonly in Costa Rica, it also tastes great and packs a punch with many nutrients and health benefits.  Cas is also normally found for sale year round in the supermarkets across the country.  So the next time you come here, you can buy some and make your own juice.   With lips puckered and taste buds curiously pleasured, cas juice has won me over, how about you?  

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