I didn’t realize the fruit was edible until last year. As stated above, there are several different varieties of guava. Psidium is the Greek word for pomegranate. Strawberry guava with green and ripe fruit. I have learned that picking the fruit requires timing. We would occasionally find green fruits from their tree on the ground and at the time we thought they had fallen prematurely. cattleyanum. Strawberry & Guava Smoothie Recipe, Learn how to make Strawberry & Guava Smoothie (absolutely delicious recipe of Strawberry & Guava Smoothie ingredients and cooking method) About Strawberry & Guava Smoothie Recipe:Blend up some refreshment with a creamy strawberry & guava smoothie. Common sense tells you the ripened guavas would just invite larger infestations. The plant I have now had one fruit when it was in the ground last year but as I am renting now I don’t want to take it out of the large pot. It is true that the tree is drought resistant and needs no fertilizer to bear fruit. Had a good fruiting this year- ended a couple weeks ago. 1 part washed and crushed fresh guavas; 1 part sugar syrup or honey. Especially the ‘chew strategically’ and challenging ‘dentistry’. The wood is good for smoking meat and can also be made into tools and toys. [21] Additionally, its potential allelopathic qualities[14] further complicate the ability of other plant species to coexist. [25], The Complete Book of Fruit Growing in Australia, Louis Glowinski, ISBN 0 85091 870 7. Wessels, Frank J., James P. Cuda, M. Tracy Johnson and José Henrique Pedrosa-Macedo. They taste like a cross between a pear and a strawberry. The leaves of the tree can also be used to make a tea. It drops when ripe but can be picked before that. A yellow species can be used the same way. Fruit appearance. The skin is also edible and tastes a bit like rose petals but is often removed for a sweeter flavour. I grew up with a lot of plants and animals in my ancestral house. The flavor of the fruit is slightly acid and said to have a Strawberry like taste. The seeds are hard so chew strategically. It is now highly prevalent in tropical rain forest ecosystems due mainly to accidental transportation and its invasive plant properties. pp. cattleyanum, is commonly known as purple guava, red cattley guava, red strawberry guava and red cherry guava. [11] Once such species, the sawfly (Haplostegus epimelas), attacked commercially produced guava plants in addition to invasive P. This variety is yellow and has yellow flesh. [21] Its ability to thrive in a variety of different habitats under many different ecological conditions[16] threatens native flora of many different habitat types. [20], P. cattleyanum grows effectively in undisturbed areas,[10] complicating restoration efforts in sensitive habitats. it is not the fruit just my gluten of a dog. 2007. "Strawberry Guava - Psidium cattleianum - Overview - Encyclopedia of Life". When he goes out he eats as fast as he can till I catch him because he gets sick when he eats to many. Closely related to the common guava, it forms dense stands that overpowers local species. We have loquats, palms, orchid trees, and a jillion other things, but never any guava volunteers. My new neighbor has just discovered one of her trees is a Strawberry Guava. The species is named in honour of English horticulturist William Cattley.Its genus name Psidium comes from the Latin psidion, or "armlet." pp. US Forest Service. I have lots of other great fruit to eat that is bush friendly. Its pulp is white/creamy (which gives it the name and the difference from pink guava along with the number of seeds) with a taste of sweetness yet it’s slightly citrus/acidic. [12] However, continued follow-up management is necessary indefinitely after a period of high-intensity restoration. The yellow strawberry guava (Psidium cattlenium var. Natl. Share. State of Hawaii. Univ. Cut the fruit in half, eat it with a spoon. Impact of alien plants on Hawaii's native biota. Incidentally, our next door neighbor has a tree which turned out to be pineapple guava. [2][12] However, products made from P. cattleyanum are not commercially available because of a lack of market and the heavy presence of fruit flies. What tickles me is that it is very slow growing and I’ve never seen any of it’s seeds sprout in our garden where things like Jakaranda trees and palm trees come up without much problems. Homemade Strawberry Guava or Yellow Cherry Guava Liqueur. One of the trees doesn’t produce much fruit and the fruit it does give is very small, while the other right next to it gives a bounty of fruits that are much larger than the other tree. Mine flowered last year (2015) when I moved it into more sun. Our strawberry Guava tree has been in place since 1985 – Tampa Bay area. Pineapple guava has a very unique flavor, with sweet, tangy and bitter elements, which many people compare to guavas and pineapples, as the common name implies, but there is also a slight strawberry flavor. Recently on a hike along the Mañana trail we came across this Strwaberry Guvavas not sure if wild fruits are poisonous or not , we saw some birds eating it and decided to sample them. hi I am in Sydney Australia and have just had my first abundant fruiting of my 2 year old bush. I had my first taste of strawberry guava during my USA tour from June-October last year and ever since fall in love in it. Taste of Pineapple Guava. The head buzz is great and leaves me inspired and energized. Is it likely to fruit in the restriction of the pot or should I plant it out? They do look like little pomegranates but golf ball sized. [18], A variety of management strategies have been applied to P. cattleyanum management efforts due to its ubiquity and the various ways it spreads. it makes me reminiscent mimosa on effect and flavor. Unripe guavas are a bit hard to bite compared to the ripe ones. SID-ee-um  lit-aw-RAY-lee  catt-tee-eye-AY-num. [10] Though native to Brazil, it is now distributed throughout many tropical regions. Strawberry guavas are cultivated on a small scale and are favored for their sweet-tart, fruity and floral taste. Guessing there’s lots of sugar in them. I am so happy with this little tree! The fruit starts out hard and green. [6][8] It was introduced in Hawaii as early as 1825 to create an agricultural market for its fruits, but it has yet to be a commercially viable product. [14] Its native range is restricted to the Amazonian Basin in Brazil, but it has established in many other tropical areas of similar characteristics. The guava fruit has a thin skin on top that tastes like rose petals. Hi Margaret, The tree has been very slow-growing, flowering during the summer, but no fruits. Tried them out and they are delicious. Perhaps the only draw back, besides being invasive,  is it fruits only once a year and all at once, over and done with within a couple of weeks. Southern California in the middle of our drought, and this little tree shows up and bears fruit. That depends on whether you like the extra protein. Seedling and clonal recruitment of the invasive tree Psidium cattleianum: implications for management of native Hawaiian forests. I just figured out today what the new bush-turning into a tree is at the front porch of our house. I wonder why… but my grandparents has the trees since forever. [7][8], Psidium cattleyanum is a small, highly-branched tree that reaches a maximum height of 13 meters, although most individuals are between 2 and 4m. I am a 57yr old mechanical engineer living in the same house for the past 5 generations. Oh, and the smell is fantastic too! Legion Of Vapers are an online vape shop in the UK that specialise in all aspects of vaping and eCigarette related products. I was born in 1988 in Malaysia, and was grew up eating it. This year I will be home when the fruit ripens and I intend to make some jelly and jam. (Make sugar syrup by boiling an equal amount of sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved.) Fruit golfball size, looks similar to small pomegranates, purple red, whitish flesh, sweet when ripe, many seeds. Overripe guavas look slightly yellowish on the outside, and they become tender from the inside. [15] P. cattleyanum is prevalent in both undisturbed[10] and highly disturbed roadside habitats in its invasive range. I live near Fremantle in Western Australia. This strain is a terpene powerhouse that has crazy powerful scents of sweet strawberry due to its 2.49% terpenes. The Strawberry Guava is also called Psidium cattleianum. ENVIRONMENT: Extreme. Or could it be a particular cultivar? I discovered strawberry guava because of my dog. Drought tolerant too. Tree is growing well in South Florida climate. The tree that produces strawberry guava is also responsible for the Lemon Guava. It will fruit in a container almost anywhere if protected from hard freezes. My family call this fruit as ‘Jambu Jepun’ or Japanese Guava. Will not tolerate freezing. Then I started looking high and low to buy the plant but no luck! They also have mulberry plant and wild-raspberry plant planted there. Its flowers grow either individually or in clusters of three, and each flower has five petals. This fruit is packed with Vitamin C and other nutrients that have a smooth exterior that is green-yellow. They stay hard and challenge your dentistry, but they can be included if you want. Not the best for wake and bake strain as it makes you sleepy. Biocontrol of Strawberry Guava by its Natural Control Agent for Preservation of Native Forests in the Hawaiian Islands. Littorale is of the sea shore. Taste is a little sour from the lactic acid, with flavors of the guava and strawberry. I got the plant from a friend and it is now grew healthily – with lot of fruits. It was imported into Florida in the 1880s as an ornamental and for fruit production. We can’t wait for a bigger crop next summer. The high is short but overall you will enjoy this joint. Birds can eat arsenic. [24] The wood of the tree is hard, compact, durable, and resistant, and is used for lathe work, tool handles, charcoal, and firewood. [12], Feral pigs and non-native birds contribute to the spread of P. cattleyanum via seed dispersal. Currently there are no controls though Hawaii is in the process of importing an insect to slow its growth. I am usually on vacation when they ripen to a red color, so the neighbors occasionally harvest them for jelly and eating. If the taste of the fruit is astringent, then leave the fruit for further ripening. At that stage it is perfect for picking. I have two of the Pineapple guava trees in my yard. I have not heard of said but that is not my area of expertise. Its blossom petals are edible. Once entrenched it is hard to remove. (Are they microscopic?) Its ubiquity in damaged ecosystems further muddles management due to its high dispersal from these less-sensitive habitats to more fragile habitats. Wonderful little bush. [10], Another management technique is the introduction of insects that act as parasites on the invasive plants. Studies Unit, University of Hawaii Press. The same species as the strawberry guava, this tree also produces fruits with a distinct taste. Strawberry guava (Psidium littoralei) is also known as cattley guava, purple guava, or Chinese guava, although it is native to the Americas. The Strawberry Guava strains has a fruit and citrus smell and a flavor that starts off with herb/sweet fruit/citrus, and finishes with more of a candy taste. There is also a yellow variety called Lemon Guava. Additionally, feral pigs may ingest the fruits, whose seeds reach the soil in the scat of the feral pigs. Thus, some control efforts involve removal and control of invasive fauna. Fruit Taste. Its leaves may be brewed for tea. The more water and sun, the taller it can grow. Just picked softball sized fruit from my 3yr old pink guava tree. I hope this time I must be lucky if a few of them germinate. It just started growing last year and I left it. ?sucker at the base. Regards Margaret. The strawberry guava is very adaptable and can be grown outdoors throughout much of Florida and California. lol. This summer we saw fruits for the first time, not a whole lot, but when completely ripe, they were a perfect mix of tartness and sweetness. Review. Clonally produced suckers tend to have a greater leaf area. A population study and distribution of strawberry guava (Psidium cattleianum) in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Its leaves may be brewed for tea. Special ecological areas: an approach to alien plant control in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Growth inhibition from guava root exudates. The strawberry guava can tolerate light freezes.. and have come back from hard freezes here in NE Florida (Jacksonville)… It is planted near the South facing wall of the house surrounded by lots of other plants. It was my job to water the fruit trees as a kid and you know how reliable a kid can be – not! I wish there were. It came as a big surprise to me that this is a weed if such is the case it should be transported to India and Pakistan where it could be used as Animal fodder too. I am very eager to give these plants a fresh start in my place for my next generation. My late grandmother love to make juices out of it. [9] P. cattleyanum has smooth, grey to reddish-brown bark, with oval to elliptical leaves that grow to 4.5 cm in length. The general taste of guava is said to be a cross between strawberries and pears, but depending on the variety, the sweet flavor will vary between mild and strong. [9], P. cattleyanum reproduces through setting seed and through cloning. The tree is no more with us to day. Unfortunately it must not have been pollinated very well as I only managed to get three fruit. I usually have all of these ingredients on hand. I think they are probably best fresh. It can grow in near dry conditions to a rainforest. And they are not invasive here. Now i have more seeds from ROBSRAREANDGIANTSEEDS.COM. All rights reserved. There is also a yellow edible version. [16], P. cattleyanum is often associated with invasive feral pigs[10][15] The two species are often found near each other, most likely because feral pigs aid in the spread of P. cattleyanum. When the fruit is extremely ripe it can have a momentary fragrance of strawberry. [2] The yellow-fruited variety, P. cattleyanum var. [19] It is able to propagate quickly due to the spread of its seed, which occurs as its seeds fall and as birds and feral pigs transport fruits,[10] as well as through its root sprouts. Foraging should never begin without the guidance and approval of a local plant specialist. Possums clean the tree of all unpicked Guava, along with the Loquat and Surinam Cherry fruit. Huenneke, L.F. and P. M. Vitousek. It took us about 2 years to finally got to taste the fruit at our own backyard. I think my strawberry guava dream will stay in my dreams. I was very pleased with the sticky and moist buds. Inside, the fruit is typically pink-speckled and yellowish-white. Univ. I do limit how many he can eat – too much of anything isn’t good. The red-fruited variety, P. cattleyanum var. My dog loves to eat the strawberry guavas. Ripe guavas can also be figured out through sniffing. It hits a bit and then is gone. Now that I’m into gardening, I dreamed of getting one or two of these plants to pot in my patio. This juice taste more sharp and thick compared to strawberries juice. [12] Additionally, its seeds have many health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties in addition to a high amount of Vitamin C.[9][13], P. cattleyanum occurs primarily in mesic tropical rainforest environments[10] at an elevation of up to 1300m, but is found primarily below 800m. K. McCook-Russella, M. Nairb, P. Faceya, C. Bowen-Forbesa. [23] However, some insects cannot be used due to the potential for certain species to attack more than P. Interesting. I have a large, hearty strawberry guava in my small line of fruit trees along a driveway in eastern central Florida. Nutritional and nutraceutical comparison of Jamaican Psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava) and Psidium guajava (common guava) fruits. A tea can be made from the leaves. [6][11], P. cattleyanum has modest economic impacts in Hawaii due to its edible fruits and beads that are made by tying individual fruits together. I’ve made the fruit into jelly and fruit leather. Delicious taste with a guava taste on the exhale. I have a pineapple guava growing in my front yard. Some say it is a cross between a pear, a mango, and a strawberry, while others say it’s a combo of a grapefruit and a pear. In general, ripe guavas have a sweet and flowery flavor with a crunchy, grainy, and pear-like texture. Pacific Southwest Research Station. A few years ago, we bought a small tree from our local Home Depot (Southern California) labeled as Carribean Guava (that turned out to be strawberry guava), which we have since planted in our backyard. Personally I don't taste it, though I do enjoy the flavor of the fruit. 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