Guava Varieties



From the Horticultural Sciences Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida


There are numerous varieties of guava from Latin America, India, Southeast Asia, Mexico, and the US (Florida, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico).
There are two basic types grown in Florida, pink or red pulp types consumed when ripe and white pulp types consumed when non-ripe (green or crispy)

Pink type available include 'Homestead' (Ruby x Supreme), 'Barbi Pink', 'Blitch', 'Hong Kong Pink', and 'Patillo'. Green types include 'Crystal', 'Lotus', 'Supreme', and 'Webber'. Some less popular varieties may be hard to find in local nurseries.

Variety

Flesh
colour

Flavor

Recommendation for home plantingz

Supreme

White

Mild, sub-acid

N

Ruby

Red

Mild, sweet

N

Blitch

Light pink

Tart, pleasant

N

Patillo

Pink

Subacid, mild flavor

Y

Homestead (Ruby x Supreme)

Pink

Sweet

Y

Webber x Supreme

White

Sweet

N

Hong Kong Pink

Pink

Sweet

Y

Webber

Yellow

Sweet

N

Crystal

White

Mildly sweet, eaten immature, crunchy texture

Y

Lotus

White

Mildly sweet, eaten immature, crunchy texture

Y

Asian White

White

Mildly sweet, eaten immature, crunchy texture

Y

z, Some varieties may be difficult to find in the nursery trade.


'HongKong Pink' 'Ruby X Supreme'

Fig. 1

'Hong Kong Pink'

Fig. 2

'Ruby X Supreme'

'Patillo'

Fig. 3

'Patillo'


Further Reading

Guava Growing in the Florida Home Landscape from the University of Florida pdf 8 pages
Guava Collection from the United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service USDA/ARS
Cost Estimates of Establishing and Producing Thai Guavas in Florida, 2014 from the university of Florida pdf 7 pages



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Bibliography

Crane, Jonathan H. and Balerdi, Carlos F. "Guava growing in the Florida Home Landscape."  edis.ifas.ufl.edu. This document is HS 4, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date Oct. 1979. Revised 1998, Oct. 2005 and Nov. 2016. Reviewed Nov. 2009 and July 2013. Web. 30 Jan. 2017.

Photographs

Fig. 1,2,3 Guava Collection. N.d. ars.usda.gov. Web. 14 Dec. 2014.

Published 13 Dec. 2014 LR. Last update 29 June 2017 LR
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