Deutsch: Guaven / Indian: Perakka, Koyyakka
Guavas (singular guava) are plants in the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae) genus Psidium, which contains about 100 species of tropical shrubs and small trees. They are native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Guavas are now cultivated and naturalized throughout the tropics and subtropics in Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, subtropical regions of North America, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Spain.

In the food context, guava refers to a tropical fruit with a sweet, fragrant flavor that is native to Central and South America but is now widely cultivated in many parts of the world. It is often eaten fresh or used in a variety of dishes and beverages.

Here are some examples of dishes and beverages that use guava as a primary ingredient:

  1. Guava Paste: A sweet, dense paste made from cooked guava that is often used as a filling for pastries and desserts.

  2. Guava Juice: A refreshing beverage made from blended guava and water that is often served chilled.

  3. Guava BBQ Sauce: A tangy and sweet barbecue sauce made with guava puree, tomato paste, vinegar, and spices.

  4. Guava Smoothie: A creamy and sweet beverage made with blended guava, yogurt, and honey.

  5. Guava Sorbet: A frozen dessert made with pureed guava, sugar, and water.

Similar fruits to guava include:

  1. Pineapple: A tropical fruit with a sweet and tangy taste that is often used in smoothies, salsas, and desserts.

  2. Mango: A juicy tropical fruit with a sweet and tangy taste that is often used in smoothies, salsas, and curries.

  3. Papaya: A tropical fruit with a sweet and musky taste that is often used in salads, smoothies, and desserts.

  4. Kiwi: A small, oval fruit with a sweet and tangy taste that is often used in fruit salads, smoothies, and desserts.

  5. Passionfruit: A tropical fruit with a tart and tangy taste that is often used in juices, cocktails, and desserts.

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