Guava is known as the apple of the tropics. It is one of the most common fruits in India. It is grown all over the tropics and subtropics. In India it is grown in 0.148 M ha area with a total production of 1.631 M mt and average productivity of 11 mt/ha. Guava is a rich source of ascorbic acid and protein. The ascorbic acid content of guava varies from 75 to 260 mg/100g depending on cultivar, season, location and stage of maturity. The fruits harvested during winter season are superior in quality in comparison to rainy season fruits. It contains considerable amount of Ca, P and Fe. However, 80 per cent of the iron remains in seed and is not utilizable. Guava fruits are good source of pectin, which ranges from 0.5 to 1.8 per cent.
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