Strausbaugh, Perry D. Formerly, Department of Botany, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
Core, Earl L. Formerly, Department of Biology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
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A plant, Psidium guajava, of tropical American origin that has long been in cultivation and that produces an edible, aromatic, sweet, juicy fruit. The guava plant is a shrub or low tree that belongs to the myrtle family (Myrtaceae). The fruit (see illustration) is a berry, yellow when ripe, and quite variable in size, depending on variety and growing conditions. The average size of the fruit is approximately 6.3 cm (2.5 in.) in length. The guava is quite aromatic, sweet, and juicy. It is used mostly for jellies and preserves, but it is also consumed as a fresh fruit. It is grown widely in tropical areas of the world. See also: Fruit; Fruit, tree; Horticultural crops; Myrtales
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