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Thai Guava Health Benefits

Guava is a very popular fruit among Brazilians and offers a wide range of shapes and flavors. Among them we have the paluma, cortibel, kumagai, Pedro Sato, Sassaoka and the Thai. The cultivation of Thai guava tends to take place more commonly in the Southeast and Northeast of Brazil, although it can also be found in other locations, with different purposes, as the guava can be consumed in different ways and even exported to other countries that also consume the fruit.

In the case of Thai guava , the origin refers to the Asian country, which has excellent conditions for planting, as it is a region with a tropical climate and well-defined rainy periods. What will set this guava species apart is that it provides not only normal-sized fruit, but it can also produce a giant Thai guava that is quite unusual in size. They can reach from 600 grams to up to 1 kg each.

And as the fruit is larger, it also offers a higher market value, increasing the profitability of the producer and the reseller. No wonder, this version of guava also started to be cultivated in Brazil from seeds that came from Thailand. However, it is still a little difficult to find in local stores. Thai guava pulp is slightly red and has few seeds. Its flavor is striking and sweet, like other guavas.

PROPERTIES AND BENEFITS OF THAI GUAVA

Thai guava has very nutritious properties for our body. A large unit of Thai guava, for example, gathers about 55% of the dietary fiber needed by the body per day. In addition, it has several others, vitamins, minerals and other substances and antioxidants that are highly positive for individuals. And without offering so many calories.

For example, a large guava has about 120 kcal, which corresponds to a mere 6% of the calorie to be ingested daily, following, of course, a dietary pattern of 2,000 calories a day. In the properties of Thai guava, there is a significant amount of carbohydrates, almost 10% of what you will find in this fruit, in addition to almost 3 grams of protein.

Among the benefits of Thai guava is its ability to help control both cholesterol and blood sugar levels, which can help people with diabetes and high cholesterol problems. All this happens thanks to the soluble fibers existing in the composition of the fruit, which prevent the levels of both from rising. However, it is important to consume plenty of water, otherwise too much soluble fiber can cause constipation. Even for this reason, guava is popularly recommended for those who suffer from diarrhea, as it usually “holds” the intestine until it recovers naturally or with the help of medication.

The potassium present in Thai guava enhances the absorption of essential micronutrients for the proper functioning of the body. The vitamins C and B present, on the other hand, act to strengthen the immune system, preventing the development of problems such as flu, colds, coughs, infectious diseases, among others. In addition, Thai guava has, among other benefits, the presence of antioxidants that help clean the body, eliminating free radicals that are harmful to the body, leading to premature aging and some types of cancer.

Another outstanding benefit is the good that Thai guava does for the skin. This is due to vitamins A and C, lycopene, beta-carotene and other antioxidants that protect the skin against wrinkles, expression lines, leaving the skin younger and healthier.

HOW TO GROW THAI GUAVA

If you want to grow a Thai guava seedling at home, you need to pay attention to many details. Initially, it is important to know that the preferential climate for the fruit to yield well is warmer, as frost and waterlogged areas can compromise branches and leaves.

It is essential that the soil is well drained and that it has good depth for the roots to develop. There are places where cultivation takes place without artificial irrigation. In this case, however, it is a question to be analyzed, depending on the purpose of how to plant Thai guava, the quantity and objectives, whether they are just homemade or industrial, for example.

The best way to plant Thai guava is through cuttings and grafts. If it is done by seeds, it is possible that the harvest takes longer, because the cultivar may remain for a long time just vegetating, in addition to the possibility of lower quality fruits. In other words, if you want to plant Thai guava seeds in pots, know that, after it reaches a satisfactory height, it should be transplanted to your backyard, so that it can develop normally.

But how long does it take to produce Thai guava? Well, to start bearing the first fruits, counting from planting in the pot, for example, it takes about 14 months. However, it can yield a lot of fruit per harvest, as the guava trees are very productive.

Now, if you want to leave the giant Thai guava, it’s important to leave only one to two fruits per branch, as this will make room for them to grow beyond their limits. Another important precaution is to keep the tree always well pruned and free from pests and diseases, especially the so-called “fruit fly” and other insects. However, it is noteworthy that the Thai guava is quite resistant.

To avoid any kind of problem, it is recommended to spray chemical products once or twice. Another tip is, as soon as the theft starts to appear, protect the fruit with bags of TNT, which will keep the fruit away from flies, larvae, birds and even bats, which are fans of the fruit. Another way to avoid this pest is to harvest the fruits while they are ripe and leave them in a dry and ventilated place until they are ready for consumption. The only problem is that, thus, there is no chance for Thai guavas to grow and reach larger sizes than conventional ones.

 

Check out other types of guava:

Guava Benefits and Properties

Benefits and Properties of Guava Kumagai

Benefits and Properties of Guava Cortibel

Benefits and Properties of Guava Paluma

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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