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when to harvest strawberry guava?
« on: February 27, 2013, 02:58:25 PM »
Hello, I have a tree of Psidium cattleianum 3 years old this summer gave several fruits. When should I harvest them when they are soft or when they fall from the tree?




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Re: when to harvest strawberry guava?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013, 03:59:46 PM »
harvest when fully colored, and fragrant! or a bit earlier if you like them really tart.

they are really nice if the fruit flies don't trash them.

You will quickly learn how to eat them, it's very easy.
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Re: when to harvest strawberry guava?
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013, 05:05:41 PM »
I tasted few and didnt like them, I hate those seeds

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Re: when to harvest strawberry guava?
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2013, 05:09:17 PM »
harvest when fully colored, and fragrant! or a bit earlier if you like them really tart.

they are really nice if the fruit flies don't trash them.

You will quickly learn how to eat them, it's very easy.


hehe, ok, I dont know if the skin is edible or if it is good to taste it, etc.,

it's a so easy to grow tree, I love it. Also, some documents saay that it has 4 to 7 times more Vitamin C that citrics, and a lot of antioxidants:

http://www.lume.ufrgs.br/bitstream/handle/10183/60386/000837776.pdf?sequence=1


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Re: when to harvest strawberry guava?
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2013, 05:20:46 PM »
Hola Huertas,

Congrats, on the first harvest of your strawberry guava tree 8) They are very productive and you can expect the tree to produce several crops a year ;) I like to eat them when they are ripe, but still firm...just pop the whole fruit in the mouth, with skin and all...enjoy them :)

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Re: when to harvest strawberry guava?
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2013, 06:28:39 PM »
As you may know, this tree is a weed on The Big Island of Hawaii.  There I ate many.  My preference is to eat them as ripe as possible.  Once you start eating the yellow ones, you may not eat the red ones any more, as they are sweeter.

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Re: when to harvest strawberry guava?
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2013, 07:14:03 PM »
I've been happily eating my yellow ones, they are sweet and the seeds are not obtrusive at all. The tree is quite small, it has only given me about 5 so far - some still unripe - but the yield has been amazingly better than the red one which I've had for much longer and is bigger (2 fruit! a bit disappointing & resinous - probably picked too unripe). It is hiding under its net against the fruit fly.

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Re: when to harvest strawberry guava?
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2013, 07:15:44 PM »
Jen!

Thanks for sharing the picture!!!

The fruit flies hate you.  ;D But the fruits love you!

I need to do the same thing for my jabos, and guavas...the rats and birds can be kept out this way as well
I've been happily eating my yellow ones, they are sweet and the seeds are not obtrusive at all. The tree is quite small, it has only given me about 5 so far - some still unripe - but the yield has been amazingly better than the red one which I've had for much longer and is bigger (2 fruit! a bit disappointing & resinous - probably picked too unripe). It is hiding under its net against the fruit fly.

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Re: when to harvest strawberry guava?
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2013, 10:12:07 PM »
Guavas are super high in vitamin C. You can eat them skin and all. I wait till they are fully colored to eat them. They get sweeter when fully colored, but here you will also be eating lots of fruit fly maggots in the fully colored ones, so people tend to eat them slightly hard and a bit more tart, but with less wiggles. I agree with Red Durian and like the yellow ones a bit more than the red, but both have an amazingly good taste. If you add them to any smoothie it gives the drink a very tropical taste. If the seeds bother you Behl you can always use a screen and remove them.
Here guavas are also used for making simple furniture, frames for sweat lodges, as BBQ wood, and many other small projects. Makes great charcoal also.
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