The strawberry guava was introduced in Hawaii in the early 1800s for its attractive and edible fruit. It was also introduced into Florida for the same reason in the 1880s. The fruit itself is the size of a golf ball that looks like small guava with the color that of a strawberry. True to its name, the strawberry guava has a flavor cross between a guava and a ripe strawberry when ripe. The strawberry guava has been classified as an invasive plant in both Hawaii and Florida due to rapid spread and its ability to hamper the growth of other local plants.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Myrtales
- Family: Myrtaceae
- Genus: Psidium
- Species: P. cattleyanum
- Binomial name: Psidium cattleyanum
Strawberry Guava Trivia
- Strawberry guava was once used to treat scurvy.
- The strawberry guava leaves and fruits were used in traditional medicine to treat colic, diarrhea, and hemorrhage.
- Some cultures roast the seeds of the strawberry guava as a substitute for coffee.
- The strawberry guava is also known as the cherry guava.