Guava - A Tropical Superfruit
is a popular tropical fruit with unique
flavor, taste, and heath promoting qualities.
this wonderful fruit belongs to the family of Myrtaceae of the genus: psidium
and known as Psidium guajava. The plant is a evergreen, tropical
shrub or small tree and can thrive in both humid and dry climates. It can
tolerate brief periods of cold spells, but can survive only a few degrees of
frost. Adaptability makes it a favorite commercial crop in some tropical areas.
The guava is either pear shaped or round shaped
seasonal fruit, light green or yellow or maroon in color from outside when
ripe, with white or maroon flesh and lots of small hard seeds enveloped into
a very soft and sweet pulp. The guava fruit has a
taste that can vary from slightly tangy to sweet. Grown in the tropics, this
fruit is gaining popularity in United
States where it's being used in fruit
juice, desserts, jams, and sauces. Enormously popular in Mexico and the
Caribbean countries, it's frequently made into a juice and used to add a unique
taste dimension to sweet desserts. Many chefs are now discovering that guava
can be a tasty ingredient in sauces and salad dressings.
Benefits of the Guava fruit
is a real storehouse of
nutrients. Because of its high
nutritional density, it is often included among superfruits .The whole fruit can be eaten, including the rind and the
seeds. Guava is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, folic acid, and
potassium, copper and manganese. Having a generally broad, low-calorie profile
of essential nutrients, a single common guava (P. guajava) fruit
contains about four times the amount of vitamin C as an orange. Guava is free of cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium.
Guava is one of the richest
sources of natural pectin ranging from
0.5% to 1.8% and the pectin content is affected by various factors such as variety, stage of maturity and crop season. Guava is a good source of antioxidant carotenoids
(cryptoxanthin, lycopene and Beta carotene). The fruit is also a good source of polyphenols
iTi procures pink guava from Ecuador.
The puree is obtained from fruit
cultivated from their own farms and this particular fact grants them a
competitive advantage, because it allows them to guarantee the control and precise accomplishment of
international fruit regulations.The guava puree
or concentrate is produced from mature fruit free of insects and
disease. Once the fruit is received in
the processing plant , Care is taken to ensure that the fruit meets the
highest quality standards. Product is commercially sterile and filled in an
aseptic bag following the guidelines under good manufacturing practices . The fruit
puree is packaged in aseptic bags
in cartons and drums. Popular formulations with tropical fruits are
gauva nectar, gauva smoothie, strawberry gauva etc.
iTi also has white guava
concentrate available as well as guava essence.
For more R&D
ideas and Technical inputs for using guava contact our
R&D team at iTi Tropicals