Medicinal Importance of Guava

guavas-and-healthGUAVA is a fruit of commercial importance in tropics and subtropics because of its wide adaptability to varied soil and climatic conditions. It is grown all over the country over an area of 65,000 hectares with production of 516,000 tones.

The major guava growing areas are Shariqpur, Kasur, Lahore, Sheikhupora, Sangla Hills, Gujranwala in the Punjab; Kohat, Haripur and Bannu in the North West Frontier Province and Larkana and Hyderabad in Sindh.

The major edible varieties are Safeda, Allahabad, Karela, seedless, and red fleshed. It is eaten raw or in forms of jams and jellies. Guava is a storehouse of nutrients. The health benefits of guava fruit include treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, constipation, cough, cold, skincare, high blood pressure, weight loss and scurvy etc.

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