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Guava: Things to Know About this Tropical Fruit

The guava fruit is eaten in many different countries. In Thailand, for instance, it is commonly consumed with salt and pepper, while in many Latin countries, “cascos de guayaba,” or “guava shells,” come served in a heavy syrup and are eaten with cream cheese.

Despite its global popularity, guavas are relatively exotic when compared to fruits like apples and grapes. Anyone who hasn’t tried this fruit, or simply wants to learn more about it, will benefit from the following information:

  • Guavas have a wide array of nutrients. For instance, they’re rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, including lycopene, which is said to help prevent heart disease. Additionally, a guava contains about the same amount of potassium as a banana.
  • Guavas thrive in either humid or dry climates, but are very susceptible to the cold. In the U.S., they can be grown in Florida, Hawaii, and even coastal Southern California. India is the top country for guava production, followed by China and Thailand.
  • Guavas can be eaten in a variety of ways. They're often included in smoothies and marmalade, and are also enjoyed fresh or as a juice.
  • Ripe guavas are typically a soft yellowish-green color, whereas those that aren’t ready to be eaten yet are bright green. When ripe, guavas are slightly soft to the touch and typically have a sweet smell. 

There are many fresh fruit markets near our apartments by The Villages, FL, where visitors may find tropical fruits like guavas. To learn about PepperTree Apartment Homes, make sure to stop by for a tour.