Hawaiian Pink Guava – Psidium Guajava

Who doesn’t love a quick-growing fruit tree which bears delicious fruit within a couple of years after planting, contains lots of nutrients, and benefits your health? Guava is one of them! I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the blossoms and fruits forming just about years after planting the tree in my food forest. The plant was about one year old when I planted it into a slightly raised garden bed. There are many different guava varieties. I have been growing three of them, all delicious and easy to grow, but today, I will concentrate on the Hawaiian Pink Guava – Psidium guajava.

General info about guava

Guava is native to Mexico, Central America, and South America, and has adapted very well to most of our Australian gardens. I have even seen it growing in a few Melbourne backyards. It will grow in most types of soil and it will recover after a few subtropical frosty winter mornings very quickly. At least it does at our place! I have it growing in a slightly raised garden bed, and I really mean it with slightly! See my drawing of the raised garden beds I usually build to plant my fruit trees, and it makes a huge difference!

Besides being an easy-to-grow tree, guava is packed with nutrients that may benefit your health and well-being amazingly, and therefore it is considered a superfood.

Nutritional value

Consuming 165 gram of guavas offers 376.7 mg of Vitamin C, 8587 µg of Lycopene, 0.38 mg of Copper, 8.9 g of Total dietary Fiber, 81 µg of Vitamin B9 and 23.63 g of Carbohydrate. Moreover many Amino acids 0.036 g of Tryptophan, 0.158 g of Threonine, 0.153 g of Isoleucine, 0.282 g of Leucine, 0.119 g of Lysine, 0.026 g of Methionine and 0.01 g of Phenylalanine are also found in 165 gram of guavas. (source: https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/health-benefits-of-guavas/)

Health benefits

Guavas really are a treasure-trove of nutrition. It is referred as one of many “Super foods” as it is loaded with huge amount of anti-oxidants. Also, they are recognized for their higher pectin content. Listed below are some of the popular health benefits of consuming guava (source: https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/health-benefits-of-guavas/):

  • weight loss
  • immunity
  • eye & skin health
  • beats toothache
  • thyroid health
  • eyesight
  • cancer prevention
  • diarrhea & dysentery
  • controls diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • constipation
  • brain health
  • cough & cold
  • scurvy

How to use Hawaiian pink guava

The fruit can be eaten raw, add to smoothies, sauces, and fruit salads. It can be made into jam, juice, pudding, wine, relish, ice cream, guava butter, and more. Dehydrated guava slices make a delicious snack. The leaves can be dehydrated and used for tea or tincture.

Where to buy Hawaiian pink guava?

Well, we do sell young plants from time to time. Please check this link if I have any available right now (within Australia only). None at the moment? You can leave your details to get notified when we have some available.

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