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All About Guavas 2017-12-15T11:48:36+00:00

History of Guavas in South Africa

The guava, (Psdium guajava), is a tropical fruit which originated in tropical America (Mexico and Peru). The Portuguese distributed guavas worldwide reaching Mpumalanga, from Mozambique and the Western Cape from Madeira, during the 19th century. The first commercial guava orchard was planted in Paarl in 1890 by Faan Retief.

These guava trees at Palmiet Valley Estate are the direct descendants of the original cultivars brought to South Africa

Main Cultivars 

Many different guava cultivars have been propagated in the Cape. These were planted and only the best trees were selected for cultivation. The hybrids developed were named after the farmers who cultivated them. This gave rise to names such as Malherbe, Rousseau, Du Preez, van Zyl, and Faan Retief. Although new cultivars are continually being tested, the pink flesh of the Fan Retief cultivar, created in the Western Cape, currently accounts for 90% of commercial plantings.