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Review: Meadow Gold Pass-O-Guava Nectar

Meadow Gold Pass-O-Guava Nectar in a glass on the lanai. One must always keep a carton in the hotel mini-fridge.

I adore Hawaii. I love the sunshine, the people, the atmosphere, and the effortlessly tropical/Polynesian/Asian/American melange of the place.

I’ve been to Hawaii often enough to know what I’m missing when I’m not there. And what’s just about the first thing I do after I arrive on the long-haul flight from Canada? I grab a copy of the Honolulu Star Advertiser and a cold glass of Meadow Gold’s Pass-O-Guava juice.

To me, it just tastes like Hawaii. Guava juice is everywhere in the islands, and passion fruit concoctions are just about as common. Both flavours are a little more alien than a lot of other tropical fruit in my corner of Canada, so I get my fill while I’m in the tropics.

As for Meadow Gold’s Pass-O-Guava juice, it’s thick, smooth, sweet, refreshing and natural tasting. Guava leads the charge, followed by passion fruit, then orange juice. It’s a perfect fusion of flavours. I love the gritty texture that slides around on your tongue. It’s got a great mouth-feel.

The dark side? The label says it contains 15% juice. (Really? Only 15%? Hunh.) There’s also “High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar” listed in the ingredients. The nutrition info panel reveals a whole lot of carbs without much vitamin to back it up.

But that won’t deter me. I love the stuff, and I’ll keep drinking it when I’m in Hawaii. But I have a sinking feeling it’s not as good for me as I want to believe it is.

RATINGS AND DETAILS

Cost: About $2.80 per 1.89 litres (a half-gallon) at the ABC Store. Less elsewhere.

Value for cash money: Great for this much delicious juice.

Availability: Hawaii. (Know of anywhere else? Leave a comment!)

Nutrition?: 110 calories per 240 ml. There’s a bit of vitamin C. If you’re looking for nutritional benefit, you’d be better off eating the fruit and skipping the juice.

The verdict: Very, very good.

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