Exotic fruits

Guava, an exotic fruit to be rediscovered

Guava, also known as guava, or guayaba (in the original Spanish), is a semi-unknown exotic fruit, originally from Central America, with excellent commercial value. Its origin is very ancient, it seems to have been known even by pre-Columbian civilizations. The shape of this tropical fruit is often irregular: some qualities appear spherical, others have an elliptical shape, still others have a shape comparable to that of a very common pear. The peel can be smooth or rough and the characteristic color varies from yellow to green. The pulp contains numerous seeds and can be red, pink, white or yellow. Guava can weigh up to almost one kilogram. Delicious jams are made from it, but it is also very good natural.

Carambola, exotic and beautiful fruit

Carambola, also known as star-fruit due to its characteristic star-shaped section, is an exotic fruit neglected in our diet, native to the Southeast Asian continent and characterized by a moderate nutritional value. The Averrhoa carambola boasts very ancient origins and has a characteristic shape that makes it very particular and easily recognizable. The particular shape and the bright color, which reaches when ripe, from bright yellow to orange, make it particularly inviting as a decoration in pastry preparations and as a fruit to be candied. It is also used very often in the preparation of refined liqueurs. The pulp is also used in phytotherapy, in the preparation of some medicines against some of the most common cardio-circulatory disorders.

Guava: exotic fruit to grow

Guava belongs to the botanical family of Mirtaceae. Cultivation is frequently practiced, commercially as a plantation or family-run, in tropical and subtropical countries and in Central and South America. Cultivation is rarely practiced even in temperate geographical areas, such as the Mediterranean, although the permanence of these plants would not create particular difficulties. The evolving or fully formed sapling requires light, unobtrusive pruning. Parasitic invasions are generally easily controlled. Evergreen, it is resistant to prohibitive (but not negative) temperatures and wants fairly dry soils. The inflorescences are self-incompatible and characterized by hermaphroditism, and the propagation occurs mainly with sowing.

Exotic Fruits: Grow an exotic fruit: carambola

Carambola belongs to the botanical family of Oxalidaceae. Cultivation is frequently practiced, commercially as a plantation or at a family level, in the countries of the Southeast Asian continent, but also in Africa, the South American continent and Polynesia. Cultivation is rarely practiced in temperate geographical areas, such as the Mediterranean one: it is in fact a delicate plant, even if it manages to remain in areas with mild temperatures, if adequately sheltered. The fully formed sapling can grow very tall and has a tendency to appear bushy. The inflorescences are red-purple, and the fruits can ripen cyclically, up to three times in a year, so it can happen that both the inflorescences and the already ripened fruits are simultaneously on the tree.

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