The guava is native to the Caribbean. Its skin is thin, light yellow and blushed with pink. A ripe guava softens to the touch. Guavas emit a strong, sweet, pungent fragrance. The flesh is white, red or salmon-colored and flavor ranges from strawberry to lemon to tropical.
The largest guava plantation in the United States, with 480 acres under cultivation, is Guava Kai Plantation in Kalauea. Hawaii – half of Hawaii’s total crop is produced here.
Guava are one of the best fruits available. Guava’s are cholesterol, saturated and sodium free, plus low in fat and calories. Guava are high in fiber.
The edibile rind of a guava contains 5 times more vitamin C than an orange.
Guavas like other tropical fruits should not be refrigerated unless over ripe. The seeds of a guava can be eaten and the taste is often described as a cross between pears and strawberries.
Guava is a great fruit because it contains key nutrients like: vitamin C, carotenoids (vitamin A), folate, potassium, fiber, calcium and iron.
Good quality guavas should be firm and free of bruises. Ripe guavas should exhibit a fragrant fruity aroma. They will continue to ripen after harvest and should be stored at room temperature unless it is very ripe it should be refrigerated.
Guava Contains :
1. Vitamin C the skin of guava contains more than 5 times Vit C than that of an orange. 2. Vitamin A and B 3. Calcium 4. Nicotinic Acid 5. Phosphorus 6. Potassium 7.Iron 8. Folic acid 9. Fiber
Nutritive Values of Guava : Per 100 gm.
* Vitamin A : 250 I.U. * Vitamin B : Thiamine .07 mg.; * Niacin : 1.2 mg. * Vitamin C : 302 mg. * Calcium : 30 mg. * Phosphorus : 29 mg. * Carbohydrates : 17.1 gm. * Protein : 1.0 gm. * Calories : 70 If you have traveled in tropical areas, you might have seen the growing trees of the guava. Although its origin is uncertain, the guava fruit is believed to have traveled from the southern Mexico into, or through Central America in the early 1500s. Today guava can be found in warm tropical areas all over the world. Guava tends to grow in both humid and dry areas, but is sensitive to frost. Therefore, in the United States the fruit is primarily grown in Florida, Hawaii, and the Californian coast. Guava is Beneficial in the following cases :
Prolonged menstruation, High blood pressure, strengthen the heart, Congestion of the lungs,Acidosis, Asthma, Catarrh,Obesity and Scurvy