The Guava in English. The Guayaba in Spanish.
This pale green, yellow when ready tropical fruit, usually bruised and spotted, contains a pervasion of fragrance, taste, and visual joys.
The fragrance pervades if you are sitting nearby a Guayaba, as you pass by the fruit on the counter, or on your fingers long after you have handled the fruit.
The taste pervades. Like a pear, a softer apple, like a berry? A little sweet, a little sour, a little grainy.
The memories pervade. Mexico. San Miguel de Allende over 20 years ago. Puerto Vallarta today, last year, the year before. Vacation, peaceful times.
Oh the fruit, it lingers.
guava |ˈgwävə| |ˌgwɑvə| |ˌgwɑːvə|
1 an edible pale orange tropical fruit with pink, juicy flesh and a strong, sweet aroma.
2 the small tropical American tree that bears this fruit. • Genus Psidium, family Myrtaceae: several species, in particular P. guajava.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from Spanish guayaba, probably from Taino.
pervade |pərˈvād| |pərˌveɪd| |pəˌveɪd|
verb [ trans. ]
(esp. of a smell) spread through and be perceived in every part of : a smell of stale cabbage pervaded the air.
• (of an influence, feeling, or quality) be present and apparent throughout : the sense of crisis that pervaded Europe in the 1930s.