Have you tried guavas before? Do you enjoy the taste? In this blog, we will talk about the origin of guavas, where they grow, the benefits of eating them and some fun facts.
Southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America are thought to be the guava’s original home regions. They have a long history in these areas, having been grown there long before European settlers arrived. Although the exact
origins of guavas remain unknown, it is most likely that native American tribes dispersed and domesticated them throughout the tropical and subtropical parts of the Americas. Through trade and discovery throughout colonial times, guavas were then brought to other parts of the world, such as Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands.
The term “guava” describes the tropical fruit as well as the little tree that bears it. The fruit is usually round or circular, and its skin, which can be smooth or rough, is either green or yellow. Depending on the species, the guava’s inside flesh can range in color from white to pink and is typically loaded with tiny, edible seeds that can be either soft or hard. Guavas are known for their distinct flavor, which is described as a cross between pear, strawberry, and passion fruit. It is sweet and somewhat acidic. They are abundant in antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and other vital elements.
Although guavas can be cultivated across Florida, they are mostly produced in the southern and central regions due to their warmer climates, which are better suited for growing tropical fruits. Due to its subtropical environment, areas like South Florida, which includes Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County, are ideal for growing guavas. Guava farming can also be done in Central Florida, which includes places with a little milder climate, such as the Indian River region. Guavas, however, prefer warmer climates with well-drained soil and lots of sunlight, which makes South Florida especially conducive to their growth.
There are two types of guavas. There are the seedless and seeded guavas. The seedless guavas are irregularly shaped. These ones produce a low amount of fruit, however the plant itself is vigorous in growth. The seedless guavas are not best for cultivation. The seeded guavas now yield higher in fruit, hence it is the most common and best for cultivation. There are also two types of guavas based on the color of the flesh of the fruit – there are the white fleshed and red fleshed. Between these two colors, the white flesh is more common compared to the red one.
Now let’s talk about the benefits of eating guavas. Guava fruit and leaves contain loads of nutrients, including vitamin C and potassium, that may help support your heart, digestion, and other body systems. Guava is also rich in other antioxidants and has been shown to have several health benefits.
Boosts heart health
– Guava leaves contain strong antioxidants and nutrients that may help shield your heart from harm caused by free radicals. The potassium and fiber content in guavas also contribute to improved heart health.
– Guavas contain a lot of fiber which aids in digestion by solidifying and softening stool. This eases someone from having diarrhea and constipation.
Relieves painful periods for women
– The guava leaf can help women with their menstrual cramps by alleviating pain. .
Improves the immune system
– Guava contains more vitamin C than oranges and is important for maintaining immune health.
Now for some fun facts:
- Guava leaf tea has several benefits such as: diarrhea treatment and lowering blood sugar.
- One guava contains more than twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
- One guava makes up one of the 4-5 recommended servings of fruit per day.
- Guava trees start producing fruit after 2 years and can continue to do so for 40 years.
- Guavas contain more vitamin C than an orange.
- Guava leaves are sometimes used in hair products as they are believed to encourage hair growth and prevent hair loss.