Years back, when I took to farming I didn’t know anything about it. In fact I was such an ignoramus that I didn’t know the difference between fertilizer and pesticide. Yes, I did know that fruits grew on trees, butterflies loved flowers, and bees gave us honey.
Faced with a vacant plot and a couple of teak trees stranding on it I sought people’s advice on what I should plant. Some advised: You’ll get a good price for mangoes when it starts fruits, plant Hapus. Some said: Just do chickoos, it grows very well here. A friend who followed ayurveda and natural cure systems suggested: Why not a medicinal plant and herb garden?
Confused, I did what convention dictated: I planted all kinds of fruit bearing saplings with the belief that I and my family members would enjoy fruits of every season. My neighbouring farm owners have mono plantation. They have either mango or coconut. If one particular season the mangoes refuse to fruit or are a victim of blight, they are forced to wait for another year. They eagerly wait for the mangoes which fruit during May-June while I have jackfruit, cashew nut, figs, coconut, amla, banana, papaya, mango, lemon and guava to choose from.
Presently, I’m enjoying guavas. Every weekend I bring couple of kilos of it home. I believe that our bodies are tuned to the seasons—summer, monsoon, winter and autumn–and one should eat according to the season. Eat locally. Eat seasonal.
This being the guava season, have the fruit and get your required need of Vitamins A & C. Guava contains more Vitamin C than an orange – four times more, to be exact. Guavas are rich in folic acids, potassium, copper, manganese, dietary fibers and minerals. Also, guavas are said to aid in the prevention of prostate cancer and are a great immune booster.
According to a study conducted by the India’s National Institute in Hyderabad, Guava the “poor man’s fruit” was found to be very high in antioxidants. The study showed that guavas contained about 500 milligrams per 100 grams. In another research conducted in India that was published by the America Journal of Cardiology it was found that Guavas are great for people who suffer from hypertension. It is said that eating guavas was effective in lowering systolic blood pressure.
Health benefits of guava
- Guavas are good for that struggling with nicotine addiction since the vitamins found in guavas help neutralizes nicotine. Two or three guavas a day is good for those who want to quit smoking.
- Guavas support immune system, controls blood pressure and helps maintains healthy bones while lowering your cholesterol.
- Drinking a tea made by soaking tender guava leaves in hot water may be beneficial in treating diarrhea, lowering cholesterol and preventing diabetes.