Guavas are plants in the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) genus Psidium, which contains about 100 species of tropical
shrubs and small trees. Native to Mexico and Central America, northern South America, part of the Caribbean
and some parts of North Africa, guavas are now cultivated and naturalized throughout the tropics, and are also
grown in some subtropical regions.
If you have traveled in tropical areas, you might have seen the growing trees of the guava.
Although its origin is uncertain, the fruit is believed to have traveled from southern
Mexico into, or through Central America in the early 1500s. They can be found in warm
tropical areas all over the world. It tends to grow in both humid and dry areas, but is
sensitive to frost. Therefore, in the United States the fruit is primarily grown in Florida,
Hawaii, and the California coast.
The fruit has the shape of pear, with green rind and
pinkish or white flesh and small seeds. Guavas are often marketed as "superfruits", being rich in vitamins A and C, and if the seeds are eaten too,
omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and especially high levels of dietary . A single Apple
Guava contains over four times the amount of vitamin C as a single orange (over 200 mg fiber
per 100 g serving) and also has good levels of the dietary minerals, potassium, magnesium, and generally a
broad, low-calorie profile of essential nutrients.
They contain both carotenoids and polyphenols - the major classes of antioxidant pigments, giving them
relatively high dietary antioxidant value among plant foods1. As these pigments produce the fruits' color,
fruits that are red or orange in color have more potential value as antioxidants sources than yellowish-green ones2.
- Our Guava product contains more Vitamin C than an orange.
- Guava ingredients are also high in Vitamin A and Vitamin B
- Also contains Calcium
- and Nicotinic Acid
- and Folic acid
- and Phosphorus, Potassium & Iron
- and Fiber
- Guavas are Low in fat and calories, with only about 25 calories per fruit
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is carefully processed from fresh, ripened guavas to provide the essential flavor, color and nutrition, in a
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serving to your retail label for beverages, cakes, pies, pastries, sauces, jellies and other processed foods like nutrition bars and snacks.
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1 Jiménez-Escrig et al. (2001), Hassimotto et al. (2005), Mahattanatawee et al. (2006)
2 Wrolstad, Ronald E. (2001): The Possible Health Benefits of Anthocyanin Pigments and Polyphenolics. Version of May 2001. Retrieved 2008-DEC-21.