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The Health Benefits of Guava Fruit

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Guava With Pink Flesh

History Of Guava

Guava originated in Mexico and South America but is now grown and consumed in all Asian countries. In Northern Florida, Guava was first cultivated in the early 20 th century. A traditional event called "Guavaween" is celebrated every year on the last Saturday of the month of October, near Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, to celebrate the arrival of Guava. This is one of the largest festivals in Ybor.

The major producers of Guava are India, Brazil and Mexico. The best guavas in India are from the city of Allahabad.

Unripe & Ripe Guava

Nutrients in Guava

As guava is rich in many nutrients it can be called a super fruit.

It is an extremely rich source of soluble dietary fibre. It is super rich in Vitamin C and contains more than 4 to 5 times of this vitamin than is found in oranges and other citrus fruits. One guava provides more than 3 times our daily requirement of Vitamin C.

It is a good source of Vitamin A (contains more than 10 times that found in lemons) and the flavonoids, beta carotene, lycopene, lutein and cryptoxanthin.

It contains more potassium than is found in the same quantity of bananas.

It also contains good amounts of many B Complex vitamins like niacin, B6, pantothenic acid, Vitamins E & K and the minerals magnesium, copper and manganese.

The unripe guava has more Vitamin C than a ripe one.

Guava Nutritional Information

 Guava (Psidium guajava), fresh 

 

Nutritive Value per 100 g.

 

 

(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

 

Principle

Nutrient Value

Percentage of RDA

Energy

68 Kcal

3.50%

Carbohydrates

14.3 g

11.50%

Protein

2.55 g

5%

Total Fat

0.95 g

3%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

5.4 g

14%

Vitamins

 

 

Folates

49 mu g

12.50%

Niacin

1.084 mg

7%

Pantothenic acid

0.451 mg

9%

Pyridoxine

0.110 mg

8.50%

Riboflavin

0.040 mg

3%

Thiamin

0.067 mg

5.50%

Vitamin A

624 IU

21%

Vitamin C

228 mg

396%

Vitamin E

0.73 mg

5%

Vitamin K

2.6 mcg

2%

Electrolytes

 

 

Sodium

2 mg

0%

Potassium

417 mg

9%

Minerals

 

 

Calcium

18 mg

2%

Copper

0.230 mg

2.50%

Iron

0.26 mg

3%

Magnesium

22 mg

5.50%

Manganese

0.150 mg

6.50%

Phosphorus

11 mg

2%

Selenium

0.6 mcg

1%

Zinc

0.23 mg

2%

Phyto-nutrients

 

 

Beta-Carotene

374 mcg

--

Beta-Crypto-xanthin

0 mcg

--

Lycopene

5204 mcg

--

Guava Nectar

Health Uses of Different Parts of The Guava Tree

Leaves, bark, flowers wood and fruit of the tree all are used for different purposes.

  • A decoction of the bark and leaves treats diarrhoea and dysentery. This has been used by the ancient tribes of the Amazon rain forests as well as Indians.
  • The decoction and infusion have also been used to treat vomiting, nausea, stomach ailments, menstrual problems, vertigo.
  • Chewing the tender leaves cures halitosis and bleeding gums. It is believed that if tender leaves are chewed before consuming alcohol one does not develop a hangover.
  • An infusion of the flowers is used to treat injuries, ulcers and skin problems.
  • Applying mashed flowers is believed to heal eye injuries and relieve conjunctivitis and eye strain from being in the sun.
  • The decoction of the leaves is used as a gargle for relieving painful throat and mouth swelling. It is also applied externally to relieve vaginal discharge and irritation.
  • The decoction also relieves fever, boils and diabetes, worms and leucorrhea.

Guava Flowers

Health Benefits Of the Different Nutrients in Guava

  • The highly soluble dietary fibre works as a laxative and prevents constipation. It also reduces the risk of diabetes. The fibre protects against toxins and binds to toxic cancer-causing chemicals thus protecting the mucosal surface of the colon against their toxic effects.
  • The extra high levels of Vitamin C act as an antioxidant and neutralises the free radicals and increase resistance. It aids in the production of collagen which is needed by all body organs, bones, blood vessels and the skin.
  • Vitamin A and flavonoids also work as antioxidants and help maintain the integrity of the mucosal surface and skin and protect from the different types of cancers and benefit the eyesight.
  • Lycopene protects against the damaging UV rays and prostate cancer.
  • The high potassium level benefits the heart rate and keeps BP normal.
  • The mineral copper keeps the haemoglobin level up and the thyroid healthy while manganese helps in the activation of many enzymes.
  • Good folate levels promote fertility.
  • Though the Glycemic Index for guava at 78 is high (most fruits have GI between 30 to 50) the glycemic load is 4 out of 40.
    Thus guava has very little impact on blood glucose levels. This has been stated by Dr Johny Bowden PhD, clinical nutrition specialist in his book 'The 150 healthiest foods on earth'.
  • Guava lowers cholesterol, prevents scurvy, benefits in asthma and lungs congestion., reduces inflammation of gums and pain in teeth.
  • Guava controls cough, cold and congestion.

Unripe Guava And Guava Leaves

Specific Uses Of Guava In Health Conditions As Per Ayurveda

  • Mania

Eat 250 grams of Guava, preferably the Allahabad variety, in the morning and the same quantity in the evening, for 6 weeks, every day. Add lemon juice, black pepper powder and salt to taste if needed.
This gives strength to the tissues and muscles, removes body heat and cures mania.
Guava relieves mental tension too.

  • Boils, Itching And Other Skin Infections

Eat 250 grams Guava every afternoon for 4 weeks. It cleans the stomach, purifies the blood, removes heat from the body and relieves all the above-mentioned problems.

  • Chronic Loose Stools
  • Boil tender Guava leaves in water. Strain and drink this water.
  • For mucus with stools, swelling and wounds in intestines, eat 250 grams Guava for 2 to 3 months every day.
    The Tannic acid in the Guava heals the wounds and makes the intestines healthy.

  • Stomachache

Crush some tender guava leaves, mix in water and drink.

  • For Indigestion, Bloating And Weak Digestion

Guava is a very useful remedy. Those suffering from these problems should eat 250 grams of guava after meals.

  • Cough With Expectoration

Bake 1 guava in fire and eat.

  • Chronic Cold & Coryza

Go on a total Guava diet for 3 days. Eat nothing else.

  • To Remove Opium Intoxication Effects

Eat Guava or drink juice of Guava leaves.

  • Painful Teeth

Chew few Guava leaves for relief.

  • Pain In Gums, Selling & Toothache

Boil guava leaves in water and swish this water around in the mouth for some minutes.

  • Constipation

Eating Guava lubricates the intestines and removes dryness thus relieving constipation. Eat guava before meals. Taking it after meals will cause constipation.
People suffering from constipation should eat 1 Guava at breakfast time.

Eat 250 grams Guava and drink hot milk after this.

Those having chronic constipation should eat 1 Guava in the morning and 1 Guava in the evening every day. This will bring clear motions, remove gas and indigestion, and increase appetite.

When some rock salt is sprinkled on Guava before consuming, it increases the digestive power.

  • Strength

The high levels of Vitamin C give strength to the heart, lessens thirst and gives strength to the brain.

  • Piles

On empty stomach in the morning eat 250 grams of Guava for few days. This cures piles.

For constipation due to piles eating Guava in the morning on an empty stomach is very beneficial.

To prevent Piles from recurring a very simple traditional remedy is; Keep the pressure on the left foot when sitting to clear your bowels.

  • Malaria

It benefits in malaria so eat it.

  • Whooping Cough

Bake a Guava in hot sand and the eat. It relieves.

Note :

It is advised that salt and black pepper powder be sprinkled on guava, before consuming it, to remove its phlegm forming effects.

Guava Tree

About The Guava Tree

Guava is now cultivated in most of the tropical areas of Africa, Asia, West Indies and the subtropical areas of Australia and North America.

The Guava tree grows to a height of about 30 feet though modern cultivars are shorter at 10 - 15 feet. The tree grows well in sunny and humid areas and does not require a large amount of water. It can bear some cold but not frost.

The bark is thin and papery, brown in colour with a greenish-white skin below. The bark possesses healing properties.

The leaves emit a fragrant smell when crushed and are evergreen. They also possess healing qualities.

The fruit is from round to oval to pear-shaped with the flesh colour from white to pale yellow to pink containing numerous seeds. The outer covering of the fruit can be thin and smooth or thick and wrinkled. The colour is pale yellow when ripe. The fruit can be eaten when it is a shade less than fully ripe.

Monkeys and wild birds love eating the ripe fruit.

Miscellaneous Uses Of The Parts Of The GuavaTree

Wood

The timber from the tree has a fine grain and is strong. It is used for making carvings, etchings, hair combs, handles. It is also used as fuel.

Leaves and Bark

The tannin from the leaves and bark is used for tanning hides and to colour silk black. In some countries, it is used to colour cotton black.

Fruit

Guava fruits are eaten raw or canned. In some parts of the world, they are cooked and eaten. Juices, Jams, beverages are also prepared from them. They are used in making ice cream, cakes, marmalade, jellies etc.

They are also dehydrated and made into a powder and used in bakery and confectionery products.

Disclaimer

Please consult your medical doctor or health service provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or before embarking on a new health routine. This article is for information purposes only.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 09, 2018:

Mary I had no idea guava leaves could be used as a body wash. Do you know why? Thanks for stopping by.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 18, 2018:

When we were kids, each time we finished playing, our elders washed us with guava leaves in hot water. I did not know that it is also good for coughs. I'll try that next time.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 22, 2016:

@paperfacts - glad to know you believe in composting. Thanks for stopping by.

@Rajalakshmi - good to see you spreading the good word about guava. Thanks for reading my article.

Rajalakshmi on January 21, 2016:

Hi, Rajan its really amazing information to me now only I realize the value guava here after I also ate guava regularly thanks for the wonderful information and I try to spread that information to my friends and relatives...bye tc

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on January 09, 2016:

I very much enjoyed this information about the guava. It is a very healthful fruit and I should eat more of them from the tree we have. Much of it goes to waste and into the compost bin. At least, it goes back to the earth.

mak on February 16, 2015:

I was constipated for more that six months..i try many laxatives and it become habit for me.without laxatives i have to strain a lot..my aunty suggested me to eat guava and chickpeas(chana) i used.to eat one guava in morning on empty stomach ,and one in evening and little bit of chickpeas now.my bowel is regular.i dont have to strain in toilet i help at lot ....

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 12, 2014:

Harsha and fortunately it is one of the cheaper fruits inspite of all that nutrition.

Thanks for visiting again my friend and commenting. No worries!

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on April 09, 2014:

I keep visiting this hub!

After I read about the importance given by Dr Linus Pauling to Vitamin C, guava's stature has gone up in my spirit!

Thanks again! Please pardon me for multiple comments :)

kimani on February 10, 2014:

Started drinking guava tea leaves and started chronic belching 1 hour aftermeals. This never used to happen before also got asthma like symtoms any idea why ?

Lali Writes on December 10, 2013:

I wish these were more abundant near me. Not every day I get to see a guava....unless it's in a processed juice drink :(

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on December 08, 2013:

I'm not sure if I've eaten guava,perhaps in a mixed fruit salad. It's not very popular here in the states, but it looks like a yummy fruit and has many benefits. I get tired of eating the same old things, so if I can find some for a reasonable price, maybe I'll give guava a try.

Valerie Washington from Tempe, Arizona on December 08, 2013:

Hi Rajan - Wow! So much great information here. I've never eaten guava as a fruit, I've only had it mixed in with other juices, but I like the taste. Beautiful pictures and I really liked the use of recipe videos at the end. Great work! Thanks for all the hard research you did.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 08, 2013:

Thanks for teaching us the benefits of this little fruit in such an awesome format, as you do in all your healthy foods hubs. I'm going to look for guava!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 18, 2013:

Thanks ryan and good to know it is available easily there. Thanks for visiting.

ryanjhoe from Somewhere over the rainbow on April 18, 2013:

As always, your hub is very interesting and informative. Lucky, I can get or buy guava at my place since it's cheap here and easy to get. I eat guava occasionally, and I know some of the benefits from this fruit and your article complete it perfectly! Thanks for sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 04, 2013:

Rumana, I love this combination of guava. It is too delicious.

Thanks for appreciating the info and sharing it too.

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on April 02, 2013:

Hi Mr. Rajan,

Again there is a great hub on my favorite fruit. I just love guava. We make guava chat by adding sugar, salt and red chili powder and chat masala in it. It just taste amazing.

Voted up interesting and Shared!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 15, 2013:

Thanks John for these details. I'm sure this information will be useful to a lot of readers. Thank you very much.

john on March 15, 2013:

I do not have a specific dose, I just make sure that everyday I eat at least two guavas. When I fail to get guavas I eat guava leaf or drink water boiled with guava leaves. Guava leaves are also wonderful, since guavas in my country are scarce many times I use guava leaves. I take half a cup of water (boiled with guava leaves) in the morning before breakfast and in the evening before taking meals; and it really works.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 15, 2013:

Thanks for this wonderful and useful information, John.I'm glad to have your feedback. I would request you to share details of how much and how often you took the guava and guava leaves. This will be a boon to a lot of people who might be interested.

Thanks.

john on March 15, 2013:

Guava is a miracle fruit. I have been suffering from a weak immune system caused by candida and other fungal infections. My body has been rotting and stinking for over ten years. I tried many antifungals and antibiotics in vain. Miraculously when I started taking guava and guava leaves my life changed, its about two weeks now the change is very significant, I am healing. For whatever illness one has I would recommend to try guava, you will experience a difference.GBU all

Stephanie from Canada on February 01, 2013:

You are most welcome, the world needs to know these things!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 01, 2013:

Stephanie, thanks for the compliments and it is heartening to know you like my healthy food hubs. Thanks also for sharing on your hub on benefit of peppers.

Stephanie from Canada on January 31, 2013:

I love tropical fruit. It's so delicious and smells great. I think the health benefit hubs you create are amazing and I am happy to read them. Thank you for sharing. Voted up, awesome and have also shared this one on my own Peppers Health Benefit hub! Take care!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 04, 2013:

Hi amyxyl,

Great to know you love guava. I too love the soft and yellow ones though I eat the green ones too. Thanks for the visit and votes.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 05, 2012:

Thanks for reading, may.

may on September 05, 2012:

the 7 picture there above is that the enzymes we can find in guava fruit??? coz may teacher assign it to me

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 11, 2012:

Oh well, I'm glad you too love them, unknown spy. We too have them all over here. I prefer the red variety. They look awesome too.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on June 11, 2012:

I really love guavas. We have guavas everywhere!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 08, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you liked the info.

RTalloni on June 08, 2012:

Have not had guava in a long time! Of course, as a child in Florida I did not know of the health benefits, just that I liked them. Now, I'll be looking for them again. Thanks for the information.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 30, 2012:

traciashalon, glad you liked the hub. I agree fruits are the best bet for keeping healthy.

Thanks for visiting.

traciashalom on May 30, 2012:

Thanks for such interesting information on guava. Fruits are the best.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 30, 2012:

Thanks Dona.

Tanuka Bhattacharjee from Cupertino on May 30, 2012:

Nice post

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

Harsha, according to what I've read and experienced, sugar per se is the culprit most of the time and these processed juices have a hell of a lot of it.

So I would say juices without added sugar and other additives would be the safest.

If you get those it would be fine.

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on May 29, 2012:

In malls, we get guava syrups/concentrated-juices too. How much safe and useful they are?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

@ aurelio - I'm glad you still did read and appreciate and vote. Many thanks.

@ prasetio - Great to know you like Guava no matter which way you consume it. Thanks for all the nice words and the vote my friend.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

@ aurelio - I'm glad you still did read and appreciate and vote. Many thanks.

@ prasetio - Great to know you like Guava no matter which way you consume it. Thanks for all the nice words and the vote my friend.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

@ iamaudra - yes baked guava helps in cough. Thanks for reading and appreciating the hub.

@ northlandws - thanks for stopping by. Glad that this hub provided you with useful info.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

@ mecheshier - Guava juice is equally healthy provided we buy the one that is 100% juice without added sugar. I appreciate your sparing time to read. Thanks for liking the write up.

@ anglnwu - thanks for an interesting input. Guava grows a lot in Asia so we have had trees growing in our backyards or close by most of the times. I appreciate your read and votes.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 29, 2012:

I love guava. I often make guava juice. It's so fresh to drink in a hot day with all the benefits for health. Beautiful presentation with nutritional value of this fruit. I enjoy all the pictures and the video as well. Good job and you deserve to get my "vote". Take care!

Prasetio

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 29, 2012:

I was aware of some of the health benefits of guava, and you've certainly added to that list. Unfortunately, I don't particularly like the taste. However, I'm still voting this Up and Useful.

northlandws from Fargo, North Dakota on May 29, 2012:

I didn't know that guava has many health benefits. I just eat it when I can and never bothered to research about it.

iamaudraleigh on May 29, 2012:

You can bake guava over a fire to help a cough? That is very interesting! Are you a doctor? You know so much about health! I had no idea you can use the wood to make carvings, etc...wow! Great hub!

anglnwu on May 29, 2012:

I enjoyed reading this hub. As a kid, I used to climb guava tree for its fruits and in the hot afternoon sun, I would actually sit on a branch and read. Needless to say, I love guava, especially guava juice. I like it that I'm not just enjoying the fruit but reaping its health benefits too. Awesome and rated up.

mecheshier on May 29, 2012:

A great Hub!! What fabulous info and pics. I love guavas. Unfortunately I cannot get them fresh but I do buy guava juice. You are fortunate to live where there are fresh one you can pick off a tree.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

vnsatakopan, yes the red variety is less common. It does taste a bit different but looks more attractive.

Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm happy that you found the hub informative.

Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan from Chennai, India on May 29, 2012:

I love this fruit, especially the red variety. Happy to know the nutritional benefits. Unfortunately, this fruit is not always available.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

I'm glad for your feedback. Just one point I'd like to make-that of the processed juices being loaded with sugar. If you could take the 100% juice variety that would be without the added sugar.

Incidentally, we have parrots vying with each other for guavas on the trees.

So glad you spared time to stop by and put down your views. I'm thankful for this and the votes and share.

Shelley Watson on May 29, 2012:

Hi Rajan Jolly, Thank you for this, never ate many guavas off the tree as worms seem to love them. Loved the tinned variety and guava juice. After this wonderful expose, I will definitely change. Many thanks. Voted up + awesome.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

Hi Vellur, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your reading and commenting. Thanks for the vote.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

I agree with you, Dinkan. Most of us have guava regularly and found it to agree with our system.

Thanks for reading and finding it useful and sharing it.

dinkan53 from India on May 29, 2012:

One of the interesting factor about guava is that, there is not enough clinical data to show any side effects of it. Hence it is safe for consumption by all. You have written a hub about guava which has covered a wide range of knowledge(encyclopedically). Rated as useful! Shared with my followers.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

Hi Rahul ! Thanks for being so appreciative. Thanks for sparing time to read about the fruit we all have tasted at one time or the other. I don't know of anyone who has resisted this sweet healthy delight.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on May 29, 2012:

Well researched, brilliantly crafted, greatly informative hub!

I have liked amroods since I was a child... Now I like them more :)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 29, 2012:

Guava delicious and healthy - a double delight. Informative and useful facts about the wonder fruit guava. Voted up.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

Hi kelley! It sure is a great healthy fruit. It is available in the States but probably not where you are located.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving appreciative comments.

kelleyward on May 29, 2012:

Hi Rajan! This looks like a terrific health food. I tried this fruit in Hawaii but they don't have it where I live. What a beautiful cake picture! Thanks for sharing this well-written hub! Take care, Kelley

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

Hi Linda! I'd like to thank you for sparing time to read and appreciate even though you are not a fan of this fruit. Thanks also for rating it.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on May 29, 2012:

Hi Rajan! You've created yet another outstanding hub, well done! I tried guava fruit once and I'm not a fan even though it's very beneficial. You still got my votes!:)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

Hi Vinaya,

Well you are so lucky to have a variety of them growing. I haven't seen the kilo weighing varieties. I hope you can send me a couple of photos along with a small write up which I'll add in the hub with acknowledgement.

Thanks for reading and sharing.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on May 28, 2012:

My guava trees will not bear fruits until august. There are many varieties in my orchard, some are the size of lemon, while some are almost a kilo.

Thanks for this useful article.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 28, 2012:

Harsha, we have been used to eating guava from our childhood much before we ever knew it was excellent for health. I'm thankful its still available here and cheaper compared to the bigger names in fruits.

Thanks for reading and appreciating.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 28, 2012:

Dana, I'm glad that you like to learn something about the history of natural foods and plants. I too incorporate it as I like to know it as well and it makes for a more complete hub.

Great that you are already aware and consuming guava. Here, in India, it's still pretty much cheap and readily available.

I hope you try the fruit as such, more so for its healthier benefits.

Thanks for visiting and I appreciate your feedback.

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on May 28, 2012:

Thank you, Rajan.

True, there are many researches which provide data how guava is far superior to almost all common fruits (including apple which is considered healthiest). I was shocked and gradually started taking it.

Thank God, in India it is still quite cheap. But very few fruit-shops or malls sell them. I get it near schools or bus-stands!

Vote up!!

Dana Strang from Ohio on May 28, 2012:

My goodness this is a ton of great information! As always, I enjoy the history and the info on the tree just as much as the health info.

I have meny food sensitivities and intolerances and I am always glad to find interesting things I can eat that give me the vitamins and fiber that can easily be lacking in my diet.

Fresh guava is a tad expensive here in NY, USA. But I do treat myself to it now and then when I can get it. One of my favorite ways to enjoy guava is to add some juice to selzter water. Much healthier than soda.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 28, 2012:

Thanks for the feedback Bill. Great to know you get this fruit there. Thanks for visiting.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 28, 2012:

We can get these here in the States but they are very expensive. Very interesting hub and well-researched.

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