Guava

Common Name

GUAVA

Kingdom

Plantae

Division

 

Class

 

Order

Myrtales

Family

Myrtaceae

Genus

Psidium

Species

guajava

Native

Tropical America, Central America, Southern

Mexico

Characteristics

The fruit is small, 3 to 6 cm long, pear-shaped, reddish-yellow when ripe. The flesh is rather hard (like an apple) and usually white or pinkish in color. The fruit contains many small hard seeds and has a strong, very characteristic sweet taste. Some varieties are seedless. Fruits have a high vitamin C content

Distribution

Grown in many tropical and subtropical areas

Climate and weather

Can grow in both humid and dry tropical or subtropical climates. Cannot tolerate frost

Duration

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Diseases

 

Harvesting

 

Uses

 Ripe fruits are eaten fresh. Fruits can be stewed for use in pies and are lso used to make jam or juice or jelly. Guava leaves are sometimes used medicinally for diarrhoea. Leaves can be used for dying and tanning.

Symptoms

 

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