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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Guava - 'Psidium guajava' - fam: Myrtaceae

Round, to pear-shaped, the Guava's flesh contains edible seeds, and the fruit weighs in the range from 150 to 400 gms. Guavas have an average diameter between 2.5 to 10 cms. It varies from white to salmon-red in colour, depending on the variety ... Thai white, Common and Cherry. Guavas should not be peeled because the edible rind has a high concentration of Vitamin C.

The Guava is native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. (Although related species may also be called guavas, they belong to other species or genera, such as the 'pineapple guava' Acca sellowiana).

The fruit can be assertive in flavour, sweet and sour 1. Because of its high level of pectin, guavas are extensively used to make candies, preserves, jellies, jams, and marmalades 2

REFERENCES: Australian Tropical Foods 1 and Wikipedia 2


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