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Cherry Guavas

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Brendan starts with ...
Nice little crop of 'wild' cherry guavas. Mike or someone else might know their name, but they are very nice.
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Michael says...
That looks like a normal quava . So delicious until the fruit flies get to them .
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17th January 2012 1:13pm
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Peter says...
Brendan,
just out of interest - can you please take a picture of the fruit inside if convinient?
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Mike says...
Brendan they are not wild around here only the tropical pink fleshed one is on the coast and red cherry guava is feral on the tablelands.That is the wild/feral form of my mystery guava (brazil guava) that Peter from Perth helped identify.They look very similar but mine is a cultivated type with soft unviable tiny seeds,soft skin and yellow flesh (subs. asuna).
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Peter says...
Yep, I was revisiting the topic on the mystery guava again to refresh my memory. It looks like that these brazil guava types - feral, cultivated or hybrids - are all very nice tasting.
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Brendan says...
So these are actually 'brazil guavas' Peter & Mike? Ah well, they still taste good to me. Yes Peter, I'll take some photos of the inside later.
You can make guava jelly from these, it's a real light pink colour :-)
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jo says...
I bought a guava cherry tree (looks exactly like your tree) from Garden R Us a few years ago and they have been bearing abundant fruits. Need to protect them with mesh bags if one wants to enjoy the fruits which are very sweet and taste exactly like the big tropical guavas. Fruit fly baits are useless as the fruits still get attacked by the insects and the only alternative that I have is to use mesh netting/bags.
The tree is a good privacy "screen" in my front yard (now it is "unsightly" adorned with mesh bags).

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Peter says...
Hi Brendan,
thanks for offering to take a picture. For me, it's just my interest in plant diversity to separate similar tasting guavas into different species, if they are. Last time we settled for 'brazil guava' for Mike's plant, but I keep my mind open if one day a specialist in Psidiums and related genera come across this forum.
To have something very similar tasting, but from a different species or even just different cultivars can be an advantage sometimes, because these could have different levels of disease resistance to serious stuff like myrtle rust. I am not convinced that this newly arrived disease will be eradicated successfully - so not a bad idea to have a larger genetic variation of guavas and close relatives.
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Mike says...
Maybe brazil guavas are cryptically taking over from yellow cherry guavas under our noses and even stealing their identities.They taste better,are more productive and it would be a good plot for an alien invasion movie.
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BJ says...
Peter, Myrtle Rust will not be eradicated. Its here to stay. I dont think its the end of the world, especially for the south american species as I've not heard horror stories about MR wiping out all of the Psidium, plinia, Campomanesia etc.
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Peter says...
I would not take myrtle rust lightly - mostly because of our native vegetation, having so many Myrtaceae species and it is dispersed by wind (much harder to do something against it).
Some of them will be very sensitive to it and only make stunted growth as it attacks new shoots and soon you have to search for a healthy forest patch.
I doubt as well, that it will wipe out cultivated edibles of the Mrytaceae in our gardens, neither dominating native species - so not exactly a horror story, but a heart breaking story. It is certainly reason enough for me to grief,
but I know, the majority of people will not shed one tear.
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Brendan says...
Hi Peter, here's a pic of a half-ripe cherry (brazilian?) guava. There's a sting on it, but the rest tasted very good.
None are really ripe just yet, but I'll take more pics later.
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Mike says...
Brendan, Brazil Guavas, Psidium guineense are the most variable guava with the biggest natural range.My one is almost a continual fruiter,with yellow flesh instead of white in the picture and maybe has smaller seeds,and these are soft.Fruit flies prefer my yellow cherry guava but bugs would rather bite the brazil guava.
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Peter says...
Hi Brendan,
thanks for the picture. Yes, as Mike says, I would also say P. guinense (=Brazil guava). Happy feast!
Mike and you thinks, they are nicer tasting than the common guava and what an advantage that the fruit fly is less interested in them compared to other guavas. I have to look harder if these plants are available in Perth.
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Brendan says...
Hi Peter, want some seeds? I'll have a ship-load soon :-)
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Peter says...
Hi Brendan,
thanks for offering. I will try WA first as interstate is troublesome in regards to quarantine.
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grub says...
ring quarantine wa .you would be suprised ,it is very easy to bring most seeds into wa
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Brendan says...
Hi Peter,
More pics for you. To me, this one is a tad over-ripe, (but super sweet!).
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22nd February 2012 10:12am
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Peter says...
...and no signs of fruit fly! Are you doing something against fruit fly or do they stay out?
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Brendan says...
I have sprayed with copper oxychloride, which deters them I reckon.
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nick giancola says...
Hi Brendan
Would copper oxychloride work for mangoes?
Where do i buy it?
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22nd February 2012 1:48pm
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Brendan says...
Hi nick,
The 'trick' is to add a wetting agent to the copper oxychloride mix.
Bunnings sell both it and the wetting agent(Spreadmax or Spreadwell).
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ethan says...
those actually look like small feijoas that haven't been left to ripen long enough
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Ravi Lakmal says...
psidium guineense (Brazilian guava)
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denise1 says...
psidium guineense .
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