Guava Trees and Uses

Over 10 years ago a friend asked if I wanted to come pick guava’s on her property.  My son and I spent several hours picking guava’s.  I came home, made guava butter and gave it all away.  I never tasted a guava and never tasted the guava butter. 

Several years later my friend gave me a guava tree.  I promptly planted it and it hardly grew but I watered it and watched it for years.  Whenever it would produce guava’s I would let the birds come eat them all.

What was I thinking?!?!  Two years ago my guava produced quite a few fruits and I decided to try one.  Boy were they good!  I am bad at describing taste but they are a little like a cross between an apple and pear.  There are probably 5-8 tiny seeds in the middle and the skin is much softer than an apple so you don’t have to peel.  Mine is the strawberry variety which produces red skin with a somewhat white flesh.

In doing some research there are many varieties of guava’s and some sites list up to 24.  The fruit can be from 1 1/2″ to almost 5″ in diameter and the taste varies with each different type of tree.

Most guava trees are cold hardy.  I live in Florida and  I lost all but one of my citrus trees during 2 years of hard freezes and it never bothered my guava.

The sites I looked at said propagation by seed may not be true to the original tree.  I, however, have grown 3 plants from the seeds of the original tree and the guava taste the same.  Yehovah is most amazing.

The guava is full of vitamin C and A and an excellent source of fiber. Here is a website that lists 12 uses of the guava.

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2 Responses to Guava Trees and Uses

  1. Susan says:

    My guava tree is dying and I’m sad. The leaves are just falling off. It’s about 2 years old and only gave fruit once. Any suggestions please?

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