Botanical Name: Myrciaria floribunda
Species: M. floribunda
Synonyms: Eugenia floribunda H. West ex Willd.
Common Names: Guavaberry or Rumberry
Habitat: The guavaberry tree is a perennial shrub spanning a life of more than two years and originally found growing wild in the Caribbean. The trees can be found growing wild in Central America, South America, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and on many islands in the Lesser Antilles. The guavaberry has also been introduced to Florida, Hawaii, Bermuda, and the Philippines.
Guavaberry is a perennial trees or shrubs grow in a variety of shapes and sizes up to 60 feet (18 m) high. They have red-brown branches and small pink and white flowers. The fruit, which are roughly half the size of cherries, are yellow-orange or dark-red with tanginess of a guava containing a small amount of translucent flesh surrounding a stone. Taste of the fruit has recognizable fair sweetness.
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Guavaberry is used to make jams and drinks. Guavaberry liqueur, which is made from rum, is a common Christmas drink on many of the islands, particularly in Sint Maarten and the Virgin Islands. The colonists from Denmark and Holland found it could flavor rum by infusion similar to infused schnapps. In the Dominican Republic it is associated with the eastern town of San Pedro de Macorís which has a large population of Eastern Caribbean descent.
Health Benefits of Guavaberry:
*Although researchers have not delved adequately into the medicinal facts of the fruit, it has been seen that the consumption of the fruit cures certain types of cancers and improves cardiovascular health.
*Research suggests that high levels of vitamin C consumption results in reducing cardiovascular diseases thus improving the overall health
Vitamin C is believed to be a cure for common cold, and guavaberries have high vitamin C content.
*Cataract is a principal cause of blindness, and nowadays people are looking for more natural remedies. Guavaberries decrease the development or severity of cataracts.
Medicinal Uses: Guavaberry is also used for medicinal purposes.It has 30 times more vitamin C than oranges
Studies have recently shown that the consumption of high content of vitamin C possibly lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.