The very prolific guava tree (native to Brazil) is an invasive plant, but highly valued as an agricultural resource for its fruit and wood. This fruit tree can reach up to 12m in height, while the largest fruits can be about 2.5 cm in diameter.
To the delight of fruit-lovers, the picking season begins in April and ends in August, during which time there’s a rush of cars to the Plaines on Sundays.
Very rich in vitamin C, guavas are used in a variety of recipes and can be enjoyed in jams, creams, clafoutis, juices, sorbets and cakes. It also serves as a sauce in creative Creole dishes.
Like Reunion’s other exotic fruits, the guava has its own festival, which in 2019, took place from 7–9 June at La Plaine-des-Palmistes. The event includes fruit picking, sales of local produce, competitions, exhibitions, crafts, tastings and other activities.