Friday, April 10, 2009

The Guava

The guava belongs to the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae) genus Psidium, and is one of around 100 species in that genus. Around the world, the guava has many names: The term "guava" appears to derive from Arawak guayabo "guava tree", via the Spanish guayaba. It has been adapted in many European languages: guava (Danish and Norwegian, also Greek Γκουάβα and Russian Гуава), Guave (Dutch and German), goyave (French), gujawa (Polish), goiaba (Portuguese).

Outside of Europe, the Arabic jwafa,the Punjabi "amrud", the Japanese guaba (グアバ), the Tamil goiyaa, the Tongan kuava and probably also the Tagalog bayabas are ultimately derived from the Arawak term.

Guava wood is used for smoking foods.

Guava is good with rum; in fact, according to The Ministry of Rum there's at least one rum flavored with guava.

Guava is one of the most gregarious of fruit trees. Flock to Tea today, and be gregarious with guava (and rum, of course).


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