Guava Honey

by Dan Kinnard, from Perfect Preserves by Nora Carey


A honey dipper with honey dripping into a jar.
A honey dipper with honey dripping into a jar.


  • 2 1/2 pounds guavas, unpeeled, stem ends trimmed off

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

  • 2 cups honey, such as acacia or orange blossom


  • Thinly slice the guavas and in a preserving pan combine them with the lime juice and ¼ cup water.

  • Bring the mixture to a boil over low heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the fruit is softened and nearly all the liquid is evaporated.

  • Strain the mixture through a fine sieve set over a bowl and discard the seeds.

  • Wipe out the preserving pan; in it combine the strained pulp and the honey.

  • Bring the mixture to a boil.

  • Ladle the honey into small warm jars and seal.

  • Process the jars in boiling water bath for 5 minutes.

  • Let the jars cool completely before checking the seals and storing.

Makes 2 ½ cups

Guava honey is nice for spreading on warm scones and as a filling for meringues and cakes. Also delicious in a cup of tea.