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Guava – Useful Properties and Recipes

A guava belongs to the small evergreen trees that reach a height of 10-13 feet. Once a year, the guava yields a harvest of about 220 lbs of delicious and healthy fruits from one and the same tree. The shape of guava fetus looks similar pears or apples, but with as a chicken skin surface. A weight of one fruit is 2.5-5.5 oz. 

Due to the rich content of nutrients, the guava has a great value for our organism, which we will describe now. 

According to studies, the guava contains up to 2.5g of protein and 1g of fat, about 9g of carbohydrate and 1.5g of ash. The guava's fruit consists of 81% of water and its calorie content is only 68 Kcal per 100g of product. 

The guava in its natural state contains numerous micro elements, the calcium and the ferrum, the fructose and the phosphorus, as well as the useful vitamins of B-group and the vitamin A. In addition, the guava fruits are rich in the dietary fibre (cellulose) and the vitamin C, which is five times more than in the oranges. Thus, the guava is recommended to eat with the aim of strengthening the lymphatic system, as well as to raise the tonus of organism. 

Nutritionists recommend to include the guava in the children' diet, for the expectant mothers and also to use as a product to strengthen the immune system and the recuperation. In addition, this fruit has an astringent, an antibacterial and an antispasmodic effect on the organism. It is eaten with the peel and seeds, or without them. But better, of course, to clean it from the rind, that will considerably easier for digestion, good for heart and blood pressure. 

The guava is used at the development of epileptic seizures, in convulsions, diarrhoea and cardiovascular diseases. It is useful in the case of development of ailments such as the bronchitis, the asthma, the inflammation of throat and lungs, and, for example, in Israel it is used simply for the reason that it is tasty and useful for the body. 

A tea prepared from the leaves of this plant drink in disorders of the stomach, with dizziness or dysentery. In addition, it is extremely useful to normalize the menstrual cycle. The crushed guava leaves are used as a lotion for the run up wounds, and as a painkiller for the toothache. The decoctions and the infusions of these leaves are useful for the gargling, at the strong cough and even tuberculosis. 

The guava is also useful in the form of jam or jelly; it is valued due to the high content of pectin, which strengthens the immune system. A jam on the basis of guava, as well as a filling for the cakes fits like nothing better. 

A jam from the guava. You will need: the guavas – 2.2 lbs, the sugar − 2 lbs, the water − 14 oz. The preparation method: pour over guavas with the water in a saucepan, heat and mash. Boil until the fruits will become soft, then, place them on the cheesecloth, which will cover a bowl or other cookware and leave overnight while your juice will drain. Drain out about three pints of liquid and put into it the sugar. Mix, pour it into a saucepan and boil for six-eight minutes. Pour into the jars and bung up.

A cocktail with the guava. You will need: the guava juice – about 34 oz, the vodka – 8.5 oz, the ginger ale – about 34 oz, the lime juice – two tablespoons, the mint's leaves – a half of cup, the ice cubes. The method of preparation: mix the juice and the vodka, cover and let cool. Pour into the goblets; add the ginger ale, the lime juice and mint. To finish − put the ice-cubes. 

Ham glazed with guava. You will need: the smoked ham – five lbs, the cloves – two teaspoons, the jelly or jam of guava – three quarters of a cup, the dark rum – two tablespoons, the peach nectar – one tablespoon, the mustard – one tablespoon, the olive oil – to taste. The method of preparation: preheat oven to 356 0F. Remove the fat from the ham and make the small incisions by placing cloves in them. Grease with the olive oil and bake them in the oven for about an hour. Mix the jam, the mustard, the rum and the nectar. Grease the meat with this mixture and place in the oven to bake for 30-40 minutes.

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