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Bayabas, Guava

Psidium sp.


Guavas are plants in the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae) genus Psidium (meaning "pomegranate" in Latin), which contains about 100 species of tropical shrubs and small trees. They are native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Guavas are now cultivated and naturalized throughout the tropics and subtropics in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, subtropical regions of North America, and Australia. Source: Wikipedia.




Bayabas in Tagalog, the guava fruit, leaves and bark of the plant possess some therapeutic properties and have been known to treat various disorders. The guava with a reddish flesh are extremely rich in antioxidants than the yellowish-green ones. The guava fruit has carotenoids, flavonoids, saponins, essential oils, eugenol, lectins, triterpenes as well as polyphenols. The fruit is also considered to be an excellent source of a dietary fiber known as pectin. The guava leaf is high in flavonoids and quercetin, in fact, the majority of the medicinal properties of guava are attributed to the flavonoids seen in the fruits and leaves. Source:

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1 Comment

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

What amuses me about Guavas,(they make good Jam), but when they start to get old, they stink and there is a story in Florida how the cats used to go around burying them.

Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 27, 2012
Submitted on Nov 6, 2012


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