Guavas (scientifically known as Psidium guajava) are one of the most popular fruits in India. Owing to its popularity and medicinal properties, it is known as poor manís apple. Guava plants have been grown in a variety of places in India, irrespective of the climatic and soil conditions. This shows the plantís adaptability to grow in different soils under different climates and this factor also has helped enhance its popularity among Indians.

The fruit is eaten raw, or by adding a pinch of pepper powder and salt and sometimes it is used in fruit salads. The fruit is also used in many an ayurvedic treatment , thanks to its high medicinal value. Apart from being a rich source of Vitamin C, guava fruits contain iodine and calcium in abundance. The leaves and bark of guava tree have antiseptic properties and they are used in traditional methods of dressing the wounds. You might have also observed those with tooth ache or gum boils using a decoction of guava leaves to gargle and this helps reduce the pain. The leaf extract is also found effective in curing diarrhea and nausea.

``The guava leaves and the fruit have high medicinal value. While the fruit helps alleviate high blood pressure and enhance the level of good cholesterol in the body, the application of its powdered leaves help reduce rheumatic pains,íí says Surendra Babu an Ayurvedic geek in Kochi.