And the answer is Amrood or Guava! This is the beautiful flower of the common guava tree (Psidium guajava) that most of us know very well! Guava is a small evergreen tropical tree. The tree has a very attractive copper coloured bark that flakes off on mature branches to reveal a grey-green-silver layer underneath, giving the bark a beautiful mottled appearance.
Manisha, Nabeela, Sra and Sandhya, all got it right!
And the winner is, none other than Manisha, The Truly Learned One 😉 . She posted her answer within minutes of the publishing of the post. And for the next few minute, I had no answer! I went into a tizzy – had to do something to keep the quiz alive 😆 ! Into moderation went her comment and then all – for an appearance of fairplay.
She has asked for a little bit of the most expensive spice in the world, as her prize ❗ I made no promises, but it is only fair 🙂 So, Manisha, you can collect it whenever you are passing! Or, you will get it in the mail, in the not too distant future.
Soon after, Nabeela, followed by Sra, and Sandhya had the right answers too. To all of you – well done!
I am especially impressed because I lived for two years in this house (my parents’ house) with the guava tree, enjoyed the juicy guavas, made them into chutney, into jelly, and then distributed the fruit to everyone who would have it 🙂 , and didn’t know what the flowers looked like! When it fruits, we get 30-35 small-medium guavas from this tree, everyday, for about 4 weeks! Too much of a good thing…even the house help, and the gardener refuse eventually!
It was last year, when I looked at the tree from above (from the terrace), that I saw these most beautiful large white blooms! They do tend to hide in the leaves, and are not that obvious when looking up the tree. But the fruit we make sure we see!
Guava has many medicinal uses as well. For one, it will keep you regular 🙂 . The fruit is believed to be beneficial for controlling diabetes. In Cuba, its leaves find culinary use in barbecues. It is also a food plant for certain species of butterflies.
Thank you all for participating. I really enjoyed this, especially since many of you got it right! Till the next quiz!
PS: I would give you the recipe for the chutney which was much loved by a friend’s daughter, but it received a very lukewarm welcome in this house 😦 And the jelly – it is just too much work- all that straining is just not worth it! Not for guava jelly anyway; though it did look stunning. The fruit is best had fresh, or at the most sprinkled with some chat masala (Indian spiced salt) and a squeeze of lemon.