Originally released in 1992 through Elektra Records, it features what is perhaps Ween's most well-known song, "Push th' Little Daisies". "Push th' Little Daisies" was released as a single on August Records in 1993, including both the Album and Radio Edit versions of the song (the latter replacing the word "shit" with a sample of Prince squealing from "Alphabet St.") and the tracks "Ode to Rene", "I Smoke Some Grass (Really Really High)" and "Mango Woman".
Many of the songs on this album come from two tapes that the band made for friends, the first being titled "Springtape", and the second titled "The Caprice Classic Tape", as stated by Dean Ween on JJJ radio in 1993. Pure Guava marked the last time the group would record on a four-track until 2007's La Cucaracha.
Pure Guava is often considered to be one of Ween's finest albums. Allmusic editor Heather Phares called the album "more polished and concise" than their previous albums The Pod and GodWeenSatan: The Oneness and that the uncompromising album hints at just how much further the band could go with their music. Phares awarded Pure Guava five out of five stars.