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July 9, 2009

Seedless guayaba

I am in Mexico at the moment, back from an amazing dinner of steak, wine, and assorted organ meats. (I am writing this from my phone so I won't be my usual wordy self). I was speaking with a Mexican colleage and friend, and he told me an interesting story of fnding a seedless guayaba tree.

Several years ago, he discovered that his sister-in-law had a tree which bore seedless guayaba. When asked where it came from, she said that she had bought some seedless guayaba from a street vendor in Zamora, Mexico, and in them she had found a single seed, which she had planted and it had grown into a tree which produced seedless fruit.

My friend and his wife started asking around whenever they were in Zamora, until one day they found a fruit seller who had once sold the seedless guayaba. But alas, he no longer had them. The man who had sold them to him could no longer provide them. But he gave directions to where the man lived.

They drove out to him, and yes, he had once had a tree which produced seedless fruit. But a few years ago it had started producing seeded fruit.

After a little research, the mystery was solved. Turns out, the formerly seedless plant produces no viable pollen. The transformation from seedless to seeded coincided perfectly with the first flowering of some other guayabas the man had recently planted.

When propagated and planted in isolation from other guayabas, it once again was seedless.

Not earth-shattering perhaps, but definitely cool.

(And look...I finally posted! Happy now?)

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13 Comments:

At 7/09/2009 01:36:00 PM, Anonymous Chicago Garden said...

Welcome back!

The post was kind of worth the wait.

 
At 7/13/2009 04:25:00 AM, Blogger Brandon Hurr said...

Yes, very happy.

 
At 7/19/2009 01:18:00 PM, Blogger ROS said...

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At 7/19/2009 01:19:00 PM, Blogger ROS said...

is this the same as a guava?

 
At 7/22/2009 07:06:00 AM, Blogger Brandon Hurr said...

@ ROS, Guava is called Guyaba or Guyabana in Spanish.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Psidium

The reason it's not Guava/Guaba in Spanish is because they call the following fruit Guava.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guaba

It's a weird legume with a pleasantly fruity gel around it's seeds. Worth a taste if you can find one. Similar to the mucilage around coffee seeds.

 
At 7/22/2009 02:49:00 PM, Blogger ROS said...

thank you Brandon. That is interesting! I dont think the Guaba is available in india, which is where i am. We do have plenty of "Guyabas" though!

I am hosting the 38th Festival of the trees (http://festivalofthetrees.wordpress.com) on Aug1st on my website (RingsofSilverpv.blogspot.com) and will be including a link to this post. Do check back then.

thank you

 
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Xx,
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At 8/15/2009 06:47:00 AM, Blogger Evil Fruit Lord said...

Mmm...mucilage.

Thanks for covering for me, Brandon.

I was pretty sure the guayaba = guava, but the Mexicans were so resolute that it wasn't that I chickened out and just used the term they used.

 
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