Homegrown fruit trees & superfoods are the best!
Now that the Vitamin C rich feijoa season has ended, I'm digging into the Cherry Guava's & Mandarins.
Cherry Guavas (Psidium cattleyanum) are perfectly packaged little superfoods packed full of vitamins, exactly what our bodies need at this time of year. It always blows my mind how nature is capabale of providing for us throughout the seasons.
Cherry Guava is also one of the richest sources of vitamin C and iron among fruits, both of which are great at preventing and lessening colds and viral infections.
Most years the Cherry Guava have been too astringent for us to enjoy very much, however this year they have been fatter, juicer and sweeter than ever, I believe due to all the rain. Instead of wincing while eating a couple, I've been stuffing my mouth ful every time I walk past the tree!
I find they're best when ripe to falling off, so I've laid cardboard under the tree, and pick up the guavas from the ground once they've fallen (just like their relative the feijoas - both are in the myrtle family).
In the past I've made Cherry Guava jam (but it was a bit of a fail as I didn't think to remove the huge seeds which taste like small stones in jam), so the following year I made Cherry Guava Jelly (which to me is such a waste of fruit, but it looks very pretty).