I usually have all of these ingredients on hand. 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. Currently not listed on a store menu within 100 miles. "[4] The red-fruited variety, P. cattleyanum var. Unlike the Strawberry Guava Diet Coke, Blueberry Acai did have hints of that recognizable Diet Coke flavor. With strawberry guavas bearing fruit for only 2 or 3 weeks in summer, I can’t see that it would do much to help lure that many flies away from a citrus crop. Oh, and the smell is fantastic too! You were lucky. The Strawberry Guava is believed to be native to the lowlands of eastern Brazil, especially near the coast. That it is a guava is not debatable. What does guava fruit taste like? I don’t think fruit fly larvae are as much of a concern in California with Strawberry Guava. Ripe guavas can also be figured out through sniffing. I live near Fremantle in Western Australia. [10] However, results from such efforts are often unsuccessful due to the lack of dependence upon the animals for dispersal, as germination occurs under a wide variety of conditions. Unripe guavas are a bit hard to bite compared to the ripe ones. This is a different species of tree, but it produces a guava fruit that is named for its flavor. Equipment. It took us about 2 years to finally got to taste the fruit at our own backyard. [12] However, continued follow-up management is necessary indefinitely after a period of high-intensity restoration. It has NEVER spread. The fruit has a creamy white interior with small edible seeds. Its leaves may be brewed for tea. Tree is growing well in South Florida climate. I hope no one is encouraged to grow these or the regular guava. The Strawberry Guava is also called Psidium cattleianum. I love my grandparents so much that now we have planted this trees in my parents home in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. I am a 57yr old mechanical engineer living in the same house for the past 5 generations. "Strawberry Guava Biocontrol: Restoring natural balance to Hawaii's forests and watersheds with the help of a bug", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Psidium_cattleyanum&oldid=989501154, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 November 2020, at 10:06. Judith. Its blossom petals are edible. Although P. cattleyanum has select economic uses,[2][5][6] it is considered the most invasive plant in Hawaii. There are NO ‘volunteers’. This fruit is packed with Vitamin C and other nutrients that have a smooth exterior that is green-yellow. At some point they begin to ripen and become mottled, a little, green, a little white, a little red. 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. Please advise where can I get the seeds or buy the plant. Pineapple guavas, the ones that stay green, are used as landscape shrubs here The can be pruned in a variety of ways. I think they are probably best fresh. 1989. Huenneke, L. (1990). I never knew about this fruits origin or recipes until my grandparents died – because I goggled. STRAWBERRY GUAVA: Description/Taste The Strawberry guava grows on an evergreen shrub that can reach heights of eight meters tall. I should have read up on it first. The tree has been very slow-growing, flowering during the summer, but no fruits. [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. In some cultivars, there are very subtle notes of mint, which may increase as the fruit ripens. lucidum) is said to be not quite as hardy as the standard red strawberry guava, but seem… The tree is no more with us to day. [11], The whole fruit can be eaten as both the thin skin and juicy interior are soft and tasty. Yes, if we had to liken this pop to something else on the market, it would be an old-school grape soda. Less than medium mouth feel, with a little burn on the tongue. To harvest the fruit, wait till one falls, then shake the shrub or tree every day and gather the fallen fruits. The high is short but overall you will enjoy this joint. [10] Though native to Brazil, it is now distributed throughout many tropical regions. My new neighbor has just discovered one of her trees is a Strawberry Guava. A clean large glass container with a tight-fitting lid. We received our strawberry guava from http://www.logees.com. Its genus name Psidium comes from the Latin psidion, or "armlet. It will fruit in a container almost anywhere if protected from hard freezes. Strawberry Guava: Not All Green Is Good. Additionally, feral pigs may ingest the fruits, whose seeds reach the soil in the scat of the feral pigs. Littorale is of the sea shore. Guava taste is more like musky when young or unripe and earthy-sweet when fully ripe. Wessels, Frank J., James P. Cuda, M. Tracy Johnson and José Henrique Pedrosa-Macedo. It was imported into Florida in the 1880s as an ornamental and for fruit production. Fruit appearance. The fruity masterpiece hosts over 30% THC and gets its great taste from Strawberry Banana and indica Papaya. We noticed a Strawberry Guava (Psidium cattleianum) – Prospects for Biological Control. Host specificity of Tectococcus ovatus (Hemiptera: Eriococcidae), a potential biological control agent of the invasive strawberry guava, Psidium cattleyanum (Myrtales: Myrtaceae), in Florida. It drops when ripe but can be picked before that. The tree has produced heavy quantities of fruit for eight years, but I have never found any seedlings growing in the forest near my little orchard. I used to live on the California central coast and hang out in the Morro Bay Area some. Psidium cattleyanum (World Plants : Psidium cattleianum),[2][3] commonly known as Cattley guava, strawberry guava or cherry guava, is a small tree (2–6 m tall) in the Myrtaceae (myrtle) family. pp. Sem, G. S. 1984. We are going to try to start some from cuttings I have no idea how it got here. Nutritional and nutraceutical comparison of Jamaican Psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava) and Psidium guajava (common guava) fruits. hi I am in Sydney Australia and have just had my first abundant fruiting of my 2 year old bush. I grew up with a lot of plants and animals in my ancestral house. Strawberry guava with green and ripe fruit. Keep in mind that there are several different guava varieties, and each type tastes a little different. I am very eager to give these plants a fresh start in my place for my next generation. [17] It is also capable of withstanding heavy leaf litter and responding to bending or breaking of its branches by generating vigorous shoots. Review. [21] Additionally, its potential allelopathic qualities[14] further complicate the ability of other plant species to coexist. The strawberry guava is very adaptable and can be grown outdoors throughout much of Florida and California. K. McCook-Russella, M. Nairb, P. Faceya, C. Bowen-Forbesa. The birds around here don’t go for them much that I can see. It is hardy into the Arizona deserts, but fruit quality is best in cool-summer areas. This is a solid kettle sour with the fruit flavors mixing well. Regards Margaret. [11] Once such species, the sawfly (Haplostegus epimelas), attacked commercially produced guava plants in addition to invasive P. Year after year they barely grew, but then they were just left out in the fruit orchard to withstand rain, sun, wind, drought, and frost. Great to learn new stuff and keep up the great site Dean! I have found if I pick the ripening fruit daily it ripens more fruit and lessens the fruit fly issue. It just started growing last year and I left it. Trees grow well in full sun and with ample water, although short periods of drought will not harm the plant. Cut the fruit in half, eat it with a spoon. Otherwise to me it tastes more like tart passionfruit. I have lived here for 4 years and they haven’t grown much. (2012). Southern California in the middle of our drought, and this little tree shows up and bears fruit. Since she offered the sucker to me shall I try it or go for seed instead??? C. Wikler, J. Pedrosa-Macedo, M. Vitorino, M. Caxambú, C. Smith. This is also stuck under a very dense shade tree, which might account for the slow growth as well as the survival of the winter cold. And they are not invasive here. 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. This renders the fruits inedible soon after they are picked. As aforementioned, the strawberry guava tree has a sweet but slightly tangy flavor, resembling that of strawberries. They stay hard and challenge your dentistry, but they can be included if you want. cattleyanum. I do limit how many he can eat – too much of anything isn’t good. All in all, the fruit is quite aromatic and tastes like a strawberry, lime zest, and sometimes, passionfruit. Not the best for wake and bake strain as it makes you sleepy. Some are smaller) But they are tart and sweet…very tasty. Growth inhibition from guava root exudates. 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. Then I started looking high and low to buy the plant but no luck! Most of the proposed insects infect the tree with bud or leaf galls, effectively preventing fruit growth or photosynthesis. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Disclaimer: Information contained on this website is strictly and categorically intended as a reference to be used in conjunction with experts in your area. The fruit of the Strawberry Guava can be eaten right off the bush. Others say that strawberry guavas resemble passion fruit with a hint of spiciness. That is not to say, however, that the fruit is unusable then. 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. [24] The wood of the tree is hard, compact, durable, and resistant, and is used for lathe work, tool handles, charcoal, and firewood. [11] Despite the great threat that P. cattleyanum poses to many tropical ecosystems, some studies indicate that isolated groups can be totally eradicated after three to four years of proper management applications, such as cutting and burning mature individuals and applying herbicide to stumps. It is true that the tree is drought resistant and needs no fertilizer to bear fruit. [9] P. cattleyanum has smooth, grey to reddish-brown bark, with oval to elliptical leaves that grow to 4.5 cm in length. It is growing in full shade and still bearing fruit in San Diego! Its ubiquity in damaged ecosystems further muddles management due to its high dispersal from these less-sensitive habitats to more fragile habitats. Thus, some control efforts involve removal and control of invasive fauna. The Strawberry Guava is an all-round versatile weed. Inside, the fruit is typically pink-speckled and yellowish-white. [15] P. cattleyanum is prevalent in both undisturbed[10] and highly disturbed roadside habitats in its invasive range. [8], Cattley guava is sporadically naturalised in coastal areas of Queensland and northern New South Wales. I didn’t realize the fruit was edible until last year. Strawberry guava. littorale is variously known as yellow cattley guava, yellow strawberry guava, yellow cherry guava,[2] lemon guava and in Hawaii as waiawī. Unripe guavas are sour, and the outer skin will have a sweet-sour taste. Lowe S., Browne M., Boudjelas S., De Poorter M. (2000). It was absolutely the best tasting wild fruit I ever had, being a hunter I have rated wild berries in Africa but this was really nice. Seedling and clonal recruitment of the invasive tree Psidium cattleianum: Implications for management of native Hawaiian forests. I have a pineapple guava growing in my front yard. It will be tart, seeds not quite hard yet, and bug free. You can also eat guava before it is ripe, but the taste is more tangy and acidic, and the texture is much tougher. Smith, C. W. 1985. The larger yellow fruits are said to be sweeter. I prefer it more than strawberries.). . Once it is done bearing fruit, we will transplant it in the front yard, away from our porch. The fruit starts out hard and green. Taste of huge juicy, lightly tart/tangy strawberries, guava, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, red/green apple, vanilla, cream, white bread dough, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Then again, when you think of it, foragers are always surrounded by food. Growing up I’d only ever known the strawberry variety to be called gauvas and the pineapple variety to be called feijoas. The Strawberry Guava has a sweet delicious flavor. The pigs disturb habitats by digging in the soil, making it easier for P. cattleyanum seeds to reach the soil. 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. it is not the fruit just my gluten of a dog. [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. Special ecological areas: an approach to alien plant control in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The seeds are small and white in colour. Seedling and clonal recruitment of the invasive tree Psidium cattleianum: implications for management of native Hawaiian forests. My dog loves to eat the strawberry guavas. 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. This strain is a terpene powerhouse that has crazy powerful scents of sweet strawberry due to its 2.49% terpenes. All the while it produces fruit. Natl. I brought back some seeds to grow and they never ever generate. At that stage it is perfect for picking. I’ve only seen one. It can be eaten off the bush, best when between green and red, mottled. Know any one in Hawaii? The flavor of the fruit is slightly acid and said to have a Strawberry like taste. No fruit flies or infestation at all, and the tree has been maintenance free in our backyard. Strawberry guavas are cultivated on a small scale and are favored for their sweet-tart, fruity and floral taste. There is also a yellow variety called Lemon Guava. A couple of years ago we were walking in the neighborhood (Los Angeles) and he stopped and started eating fruit off the ground. The smoothie combines five easy ingredients together to create a refreshing drink to start your week. 84 pp. Incidentally, our next door neighbor has a tree which turned out to be pineapple guava. Department of Land and Natural Resources, 54. If you wait until the fruit turns completely red, or even dark red, it will — here at least — be full of fruit fly larvae. cattleyanum, is commonly known as purple guava, red cattley guava, red strawberry guava and red cherry guava. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. ENVIRONMENT: Extreme. Here’s hoping! we had a strawberry guava tree named “Seemay seebay” in local language, meaning a “foreign guava” (Though i did not know the name then) and I remember so well all my friends and neighbors would be dying to eat the fruits in the season. Focusing on the cheapest vape prices in the UK and the It was my job to water the fruit trees as a kid and you know how reliable a kid can be – not! This Strawberry & Guava Smoothie recipe is Excellent and find more … The Strawberry Guava produces reddish guava fruit that has a delicious strawberry-like taste. "Strawberry Guava - Psidium cattleianum - Overview - Encyclopedia of Life". The critters look alot like maggots. Especially the ‘chew strategically’ and challenging ‘dentistry’. I brought back some seeds to grow and they never ever generate. My family call this fruit as ‘Jambu Jepun’ or Japanese Guava. ?sucker at the base. My one Strawberry Guava tree is a fruiting delight. Keeping my fingers crossed. Didn’t appreciate the extra protein! Impact of alien plants on Hawaii's native biota. The “guava” taste came across as more of a subtle berry hint. [2] The yellow-fruited variety, P. cattleyanum var. Kids definitely love this smoothie.. (Still not that big…about 4.5 inches long and maybe 3 inches in diameter?? And we liked that! I wonder why… but my grandparents has the trees since forever. 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