Fruit Farming in South Africa

© Louise Brodie

Guavas are a tropical fruit, which is produced in tropical and subtropical regions across the globe. The Psidium guajava is a small tree from the Myrtaceae (Myrtle) family with dark green, elongated leaves. The plant is originally from Central America and over time guavas were distributed worldwide. Today guava production is an important crop in South East Asia and Central America. Guavas are produced and marketed fresh and in various processed forms. In many warm climate regions, guavas grow prolifically in a semi-wild state. 

By Louise Brodie

Guava Production

Guavas are generally eaten raw, typically cut into quarters or eaten like an apple. The fresh fruit is often included in fruit salads or served with sugar and cream as a dessert....more

Guava Varieties in South Africa

The guava is a tree or shrub, which generally grows quite slowly. Cultivated trees are usually pruned to a size of 2 to 3 m in height, but if left unpruned some varieties can grow up to 8 m....more