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Guava

Powerful Harvest

Guava

[gwah-vuh]

Available: Year Round (Heavy July-September)

PLU 4299

Why So Powerful: Our Non-GMO Powerful Harvest Guava is one of the best sources of vitamin C. This amazing superfood contains 228mg of vitamin C! That’s equal to 338% of the RDA needed in the daily diet! This tasty aromatic fruit is one of the richest sources of antioxidants, phytonutrients (lycopene), and flavonoids, which help protect us from cancer, and is great for the immune system. Guava also helps to maintain blood pressure with its high amount of potassium. The antioxidants help slow down free radicals
and can even help slow down the aging process. They’re high in fiber, a natural anti-inflammatory, and with its vitamin A content can improve your skin’s health. However you decide to add this powerful fruit to your diet, it will be a great partner in promoting your health.

Guava is an extremely popular tropical fruit grown throughout all tropical areas of the world. It is found in Australia and India, Tropical Africa, The East Indies and The Mediterranean. It’s cultivated in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific Islands. It is thought to have originated in Southern Mexico or Central America. Apparently, the fruit was so well liked by explorers to the New World during the 16th Century, that it is said to have been carried all over the world for cultivation. It is equally as common throughout the West Indies, Tropical America, the islands, and here in Florida where ours is grown.

Guavas come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the varieties. The shell color varies from green to yellow to almost white. Inside, the flesh can be white to yellow, light or dark pink, and sometimes a deep red. The flavor can range from somewhat acidic to very sweet. They can be nearly seedless or very seedy, up to 500 or more seeds in one fruit. Many researchers in South Florida tried bringing seedless cultivars from India and Indonesia during the mid 20th century but the trees were not very successful. Guava fruit has an unmistakable musky / sweet aroma, which intensifies as the fruit ripens.

Guava is typically enjoyed out of hand, with the seeds removed, and sliced in fruit salads. Ripen guava at room temperature until they yield to gentle pressure. Once they are ripen they can be kept in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days. Guava can be seeded and cooked which reduces and richens the syrup in the fruit. They can be canned and frozen as well to help preserve. A very popular guava preserve can be commonly found in the form of bars of thick guava paste, often enjoyed with cream cheese – typically in Hispanic homes. Other favorites include using guava to make preserves – or jelly, guava juice, cakes, puddings, pastries, and even ice cream.

We offer Guava in 25lb. cartons or 10lb. cartons.

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References:

Guava – Fruits of Warm Climates, By Julia Morton P. 356-363.
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/guava.html

South Florida Tropicals, Guava
University of Florida IFAS Extension
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/HE619