I should have known those remnant Portuguese genes would kick in sometime. My mother’s family claimed that they traced their heritage on one line back to Portuguese ancestors. Well, last year, Mrs. MM and I took a DNA test in the U.S. and it seems that at most, only 1.5% of my blood is from that area of the world. Mrs. MM is a bit more interesting with significant blobs of British and Iberian blood in her system. But that doesn’t seem outrageous at all… 100% first gen, 50% second gen, 25% third gen, 12.5% fourth gen, 6.25% fifth gen, 3.125% sixth gen, and 1.5625% seventh gen. Assuming none of my other ancestors had some blood from that area, then the completely “watered down” portuguese connection could have been 7 generations back or some 140-170 years ago, roughly 1830-50’s or so. Cool, huh?! That’s a long introduction to this simple but utterly fantastic guava jam, cheese, spread, which is also quite popularly known as “goiabada” in the former portuguese colonies, particularly Brazil, that had a surfeit of guavas.
Almost ten years ago, on this blog, I wrote this post on guava jam. I just made it naturally as an extension of some guava jelly I had made and wasn’t sure what to do with all the pulp. I thought it was a superb substitute for membrillo or quince paste, and it paired well with cheese and crackers. I didn’t make the connection that folks have been doing this for centuries in other places then, but now I know. I am surprised we don’t have more of this in the Pinoy diet. It’s SO DARNED easy to make, it’s sweet, it’s intensely flavored, and it’s perfect in pan de sal. Recipe in original post. Make it so that it firms up and you can use it as a spread or cut it to place on crackers. And yes, Betchay, Greens Blossoms and Nacho, I have your bottles of guava jelly that I made myself… will email you soon for pick-up. :) And I only made 7 bottles of this “goiabada” but if there is enough interest, I could raffle one off to readers if I can send them to you by courier in Manila or my Chief of Stuff can meet you in a convenient mall or 7-11 somewhere… If you want to try your luck at winning the bottle, just leave a comment below and I will randomly pick a winner! Good luck! :)