Starting this week I am dedicating my Mondays to a “Fun facts” theme. (hopefully I will not deviate from it)
Fruits are my new-found love 🙂 . Besides other fruits Guava and Papaya are two of my favorites.
So I thought why not start with Guava’s fun facts today.
- It can be white, yellow, pink and even red in color.
- It contains 4 times more Vitamin C than Oranges.
- It has 10 times more Vitamin A than a Lemon.
- It is an excellent source of fiber.
- It produces toxic chemicals in its leaves that prevent the growth of other plants.
- You can consume Guava raw, in salad, as juice and yogurt.
|Preparation||Serving Size||Carbs||Fiber (g)||Fat (g)||Energy (kj)|
|Guava (raw)||1 medium sized (100g)||3.5||5.5||0.5||100|
|Guava (canned in juice)||100g||14.5||3||0.5||260|
I found a great story online about Guava. It is super cute and you can tell it to your kids if you want to :
With every plant there is a legend, and the guava tree does not let us down. According to a Filipino tradition there was a young boy that lived right outside a village. His family owned a large orchard with so many different kinds of fruit. It must have been a magical orchard because the fruit was always plentiful, delicious, and beautiful. New trees seemed to spring up overnight and even when other orchards were barren, this orchard always had plenty.
The little boy was known throughout the village for his kindness. Everywhere he went, he smiled and was kind to all. Everyone loved to come to this orchard to get their fruit. Not only was it delicious, but the enjoyment of being in the boy’s presence was what kept bringing them all back.
Now, there was one tree in this orchard that wasn’t so desirable. It was rumored to be poisonous. There was only one of this tree and the fruit was careful sidestepped when harvesting. One day an elderly lady came down the lane to the orchard and asked to purchase fruit. When the boy went into the orchard, he was met with a most unusual surprise. The entire orchard was fruitless. All the fruit that was usually plentiful was gone. The apple trees had no apples. The pear trees had no pears on its branches. No fruit. Except…… There in the midst of the orchard was the forbidden tree. It stood there in all its unpleasantness full of fruit. What was he to do? The kindness in the boy would not allow her to be turned away. So, he reached up and placed his hands on one of the fruit. He closed his eyes and prayed that the fruit would not kill and actually bless instead.
He took the fruit and gave it to the old woman. She looked at it and gingerly bit into. The taste was sweet and intoxicating. The prayer had been answered. It did not bring death. It brought happiness. So is the story of the exotic guava.
Other article referred: Juicing for health .