Wednesday, April 22, 2009


The Guava plants are mainly grown for it's edible fruits.

Guava fruits are shaped from round to oval and sometime peer shaped. The thin outer skin is rough, green to light-yellow color, sometimes bitter taste. Next to the skin, a thick layer 1/8 to 1/2 inch (3-12.5 mm) granular flesh, and the color varies between cultivars as pink, red, white or yellowish; the flavor is juicy and tastes sweet or subacid; The central pulp is juicy and also with the same color or slightly dark towards the center. The central pulp filled fully with many yellowish chewable seeds; each with size about 1/8 inch (3 mm) long. Seed counts may varies between 110 to 540 per fruit.

The fresh guava fruits can be eaten raw as table fruits, after removing the outer skin which is sometimes bitter in taste. A tea also prepared from guava fruits and leaves. Sometime, the young or mature guava fruits are boiled to be used in making candies, preserves, marmalades, jams and jellies. The juice made from guava fruits are also a very popular beverage.

Medicinal uses:

A mixed decoction is prepared from the guava leaves and bark is taken to expel the placenta after childbirth.
[image: sliced guava fruits]