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A Lemon guava is small in size, though it is larger than the petite Strawberry guava. The skin ranges in color from a lime green to a golden yellow when mature. The Lemon guava has a jelly-like inner flesh that is perforated with small yellow seeds. The seeds should be removed prior to eating. Lemon guava offers a fragrant aroma and lemon-guava like flavor.
Lemon guava is available in the late summer and throughout the fall.
Lemon guavas are known to the scientific community as Psidium littorale or Psidium cattleianum var. lucidum (based on the horticulturalist who recorded it in the 18th century). The more sub-tropical guava variety is known by many names throughout the sub-tropics and Tropical regions of the world. Commonly called the Cattley guava in the US and guayaba japonesa in Guatemala and in Hawaii the yellow-hued Lemon guavas are called waiawi whereas the red variety are called waiawi ulaula.
Lemon guavas can be eaten both raw and cooked. The pulp from blended guavas is often used to make smoothies or frozen desserts. Peel a Lemon guava and slice the flesh to add to tropical fruit salads with pineapple, passion fruit and papaya. The sweet flavor of a Lemon guava adds depth to marinades for shrimp or chicken.
The Lemon guava is native to the coastal areas of eastern Brazil and can be found growing in limited areas outside of Brazil in South America. Lemon guavas grow best in sub-tropical areas, whereas it’s close relative the more common guava (Psidium guava) thrives in a tropical climate. In the late 19th century 3,000 plants were planted in Southern California and after a half a century, the crop was producing heavily. Cattley or Lemon guavas can now be found growing in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Florida and the West Indies.
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