The juicy guava fruit, known from exotic cocktails, ice creams, desserts and other culinary specialties of countries with a warmer climate, has become a symbol of tropical paradise thanks to its sweet, refreshing and delicious taste reminiscent of pears and figs.
Guava or apple guava is a small tree probably originated from South America, where people used it already 5000 years ago. From there, it gradually spread to all tropical and subtropical regions of the world, where its fruits were readily embraced by local cultures and added to their diets.
Healthy Guava Fruit
But did you know that the guava fruit is also considered a very valuable and healthy fruit due to its rich composition of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and fiber? It contains 4-5 times more vitamin C than oranges or other citrus fruits. In traditional healing systems, not only the fruit, but also the leaves and bark are used, for example, for stomach upsets, diarrhoea, dysentery, diabetes and menstrual problems. It is also widely used for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
Expert studies have proven that guava leaves and bark contain lycopene, an antioxidant (non-provitamin carotenoid) with anti-cancer properties. Consumption of this fruit is therefore a good prevention against stomach, lung, cervical and prostate cancer. It also helps with bacterial infections, inflammation and relieves pain. The contained substance quercetin helps with viral diseases and fever.
Vitamins and Guava
Regular snacking on guava contributes to a healthy immune system thanks to its high content of vitamin C. It keeps the body in a healthy energy balance and thus prevents excessive fatigue and exhaustion. High content of vitamin A benefits healthy lining of the digestive tract and visual functions. Contained potassium supports healthy function of nerves, muscles and blood pressure. Other beneficial substances contained in guava include magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and vitamin B.
Have a Healthy Snack
We can enjoy fresh guava mainly in the countries where it grows, because it spoils very quickly during transport. For lovers of foreign plants, seeds can also be obtained, but this is a big challenge because Guava needs lots of light, sun and warmth and will not survive long in a cold environment.
Therefore, the ideal way to enjoy guava in a country with a cooler climate is in the form of dried fruit, which is easy to store and take with you wherever you go. Have a healthy snack and try the deliciously juicy Guava, full of vitamin C, A and fiber, which is dried by solar energy and processed in the traditional Ayurvedic way without sulphur and added preservatives. Have a healthy and valuable snack!