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Guavaberry

St John Flora: Orange Guavaberry

st john flora: purple guavaberry
Purple Guavaberry

 

It’s morning,
It’s morning,
Bring me some guavaberry
It’s morning,
It’s morning,
We wish you a very merry

Song sung by carolers on Christmas morning

 

 

st. john flora: guavaberry tree
Orange Guavaberry

 

 

Guavaberries can be purple or orange depending on the tree. Some people prefer one color over the other, but if I close my eyes  Icannot tell the difference between the two. I doubt if anyone can.

 

 

 

st john virgin islands flora: guavaberry
Guavaberry Tree

 

 

Guavaberry trees can be identified by their smooth, shiny bark that looks much like the bay rum tree, but with smaller leaves. They usually bear their small purple or orange berries in the late fall or early winter. The berries are prized for their use in guavaberry wine and guavaberry pastries, traditional Virgin Islands Christmas treats.