Amrud / Amrood / Jaam / Peru (Guava)

Introduction

Guava is one of the common tropical fruits grown and enjoyed in many tropical and subtropical regions. Although native of Mexico, Central America and Northern South America but India is the largest producer of this delicious fruit. It is known by various names in various parts of the world such as in Philippines it is called, Bayabas, in Bangladesh it is Payara and Indian Subcontinent and Middle East it is called Amrood and it is called Peru towards the countries bordering the Indian Ocean. The fragrance of this fruit is very distinct and the outer skin is usually rough with a bitter taste. The pulp inside could be white or red or pink and that depends on the species of the fruit.

Nutritional Value

Guava is considered as the super fruit due to its many nutrients such as vitamin A, C, fiber, and pantothenic acid, niacin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin E and K, and the minerals magnesium, copper, and manganese, the latter imparting the enzyme superoxide dismutase. The guava leaves as well are rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties and thus it is super helpful for body.

Usage in Indian Kitchen

Guava juice and guava purees are very famously used in Indian cuisines. Besides, used in a number of cocktails and mock-tails. Some people even use the leaves of this tree as medicine for treating ailments such as diarrhea. This fruit is particularly the favorite of diabetic people as it helps in lowering down the cholesterol and preventing diabetes. The chemicals in guava leaves like polyphenols, carotenoids, flavonoids and tannins are extremely effective in treating various other ailments as well.

Health Benefits of Amrud / Amrood / Jaam / Peru

  1. Aids in digestion and weight loss.
  2. Good for the treatment of bronchitis.
  3. Helpful in Dengue Fever.
  4. Beneficial for diabetes and helps in lowering down cholesterol.
  5. Helpful in tooth related ailments such as toothaches, sore threats and gum disease.