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Hi, today is an exiting day for me!

This is NOT psidium guineense, nor psidium cattleianum,it is rare.

I went to my backyard to watch the trees and walked directly to my unknow psidium spp. (maybe p. guyanense), touch the fruit, saw it was getting yellow but it was soft to the touch (maybe just ripe or maybe the worms were doing their job...), so I moved it a bit and it fell down.








Sweet and acid, 12º Brix, the gelatinous pulp sticks to the seeds just as strawberry guava, similar taste to this one, and the leaves of the plant are similar too.












If you never tasted strawberry guava and you cant compare/imagine the flavour, I would say it tastes like guava+tomato or you can compare it to a pear, very similar experience.

It reminded me the white asian guava I tasted one year ago, it was the best I had, but this one is more acid, making it very good for juices, icecreams and mermelades.

It had just 2 fruit fly worms inside, but that means that the fruit would be tastier and sweeter without worms that dont allow it to ripe just fine. It was not too much damaged. Seeds are bigger than tropical guavas and strawberry guavas I know, 4mm to 5mm diameter.

So, I think this is a very good species, it grows very fast and bears in 3 years, 1m tall. I really dont know about its frost resistance, but here at my backyard It had no problems at -1ºC.
« Last Edit: April 24, 2017, 01:31:23 PM by huertasurbanas »

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Re: tasting an unknow psidium (maybe guyanense) for the first time!
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2017, 05:50:55 PM »
Marcos,
isn´t Psidium guyanense synonymous to Psidium guineense?
http://www.homolaicus.com/scienza/erbario/utility/botanica_sistematica//hypertext/1593.htm
You grow both.
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=19649.msg243286#msg243286
Your photos and taste reports are quite different.

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Re: tasting an unknow psidium (maybe guyanense) for the first time!
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2017, 06:30:06 AM »
Marcos,
isn´t Psidium guyanense synonymous to Psidium guineense?
http://www.homolaicus.com/scienza/erbario/utility/botanica_sistematica//hypertext/1593.htm
You grow both.
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=19649.msg243286#msg243286
Your photos and taste reports are quite different.


Hi, not synonymous at all, right. But I dont know if I have p. guyanense or and unknown psidium.

I am surprised about the almost no interest about this species, the taste is very good, it is very hardy, fruit is bigger than strawberry guava, taste is different (maybe a mix of tailand tropical guava and strawberry guava), seeds and leaves are bigger than psidium cattleianum.

There is very little info on the net about guyanense:

http://www.tropicos.org/Image/81641
http://symbiota4.acis.ufl.edu/seinet/vplants/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=167495&taxauthid=1

http://hasbrouck.asu.edu/imglib/seinet/ASU/ASU0010/ASU0010485.jpg
http://hasbrouck.asu.edu/imglib/seinet/ASU/ASU0008/ASU0008053.jpg
http://hasbrouck.asu.edu/imglib/seinet/ASU/ASU0008/ASU0008055.jpg
http://hasbrouck.asu.edu/imglib/seinet/ASU/ASU0008/ASU0008054.jpg

those reports talk about 1m, 2m, 3m and 5m tall plants.
« Last Edit: April 19, 2017, 07:11:35 AM by huertasurbanas »

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Re: tasting an unknow psidium (maybe guyanense) for the first time!
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2017, 07:43:34 AM »
Very nice looking/sounding fruit!!

Do you have any pictures of what the whole tree looks like?
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
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Re: tasting an unknow psidium (maybe guyanense) for the first time!
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2017, 11:31:48 PM »
Very nice looking/sounding fruit!!

Do you have any pictures of what the whole tree looks like?

I will take photos today, it looks almost like strawberry guava but with bigger leaves.

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Re: tasting an unknow psidium (maybe guyanense) for the first time!
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2017, 12:00:03 PM »
It is 1.6m tall now or so, nice tree.




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Re: tasting an unknow psidium (maybe guyanense) for the first time!
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2017, 04:17:36 AM »
Very nice tree!
ANd the cold tolerance means it could be planted in many diferent locals  8)
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
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Re: tasting an unknow psidium (maybe guyanense) for the first time!
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2017, 11:18:12 AM »
This fruit and tree looks very very similar to the lemon (or yellow cattleya) guava I purchased from Excalibur last fall. The few fruit that was on my tree turned full yellow on the tree. The flavor was a nice balance of sweet and acid for my taste, and the bugs haven't found it yet.

Wikipedia lists this type as P. cattleyanum var. littorale.

This was the same tree I was concerned about a month ago, having not done anything since I planted it last November. It's going gangbusters now. 6" or more of new growth on all the end buds and currently flowering. I am very pleased with it!
If you can eat it, GROW IT!!

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Re: tasting an unknow psidium (maybe guyanense) for the first time!
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2017, 01:31:03 PM »
Hi VUgearhead, yes it looks similar but it is not yellow strawberry guava at all, the fruit is very different. I call it "arazá blanco", you can name her "white arazá" or so
« Last Edit: April 24, 2017, 06:35:42 PM by huertasurbanas »

 

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