With winters arriving in the Indian subcontinent, the Guava fruit also begins to hit the markets. The hawkers set out on the streets so that everyone is able to enjoy the seasonal fruit.
Allahabad has been one of the prime centers for Guava cultivation. Being so, it has been important for the city of Allahabad to celebrate the fruit.
Sanchaari started the guava festival in Allahabad to give the fruit its due. This falls under the category of Food Festivals in India.
Guava Festival, Allahabad
The Guava festival organized by Sanchaari is a reason for people living in Allahabad to celebrate the joy of having Guavas. It is an effort to give recognition to the people involved in the cultivation of Guava trees.
The first edition of Guava Festival was held in 2016, to celebrate the love for the queen of fruits - Amrood (Guavas). The Guava Festival venue for 2016 was long-forgotten Mughal gardens of Khusrau Bagh.
The gardens came to life as people from all walks of life came to celebrate Guavas. The flavor of local art and tradition got accentuated with the melodious voice of folk artists performing during the morning hours of the day.
The latest edition of Guava Festival was held on 27th January 2019 at Jalsa Ghar, Allahabad. Many varieties of Guavas were kept on the display, which made people aware as well as fascinated them. People also find interest in taking guava saplings home and cultivating it.
Various Guava products, such as Guava Jelly, Guava cheese, Guava candies, guava cake, Amrood ka Halwa, Amrood peda, Amrood Gulabjamun, Amrood salad, Guava shreekhand, Guava shake were available for enjoying.
Besides this, there are various events such as cooking without fire, pain your chef cap, salad making, etc. for people’s engagement. The students of food technology department from the university participated and made exotic stuff like Amrood kheer, Amrood soup, Kimami Amrood, and Amrood smoothie.
Various Guava Varieties
As already said, Allahabad has been quite fond of Guava fruit. Given here are the names of a few Guava fruit variety sold in the city.
This is the most famous Guava variety grown in Uttar Pradesh for table purpose. Allahabad Safeda Guava Fruits are medium in size (180g), and round in shape with few seeds. The Fruit is white fleshed with good keeping quality.
The Chittidar Guava variety is similar to the Safeda Guava variety, except that it has many pinkish red dots of the size of a pinhead on the surface of the fruit.
This Guava variety is a selection from open-pollinated seedlings of Allahabad Safeda. Fruits are round in shape, while the skin is yellow in color and smooth. The flesh inside is white in color.
All these guava varieties or guava types were there on the display at the Guava Festival 2019. Sanchaari has been making continuous efforts to popularize and organize an event of great magnitude and stature.
We are all eagerly waiting for the next edition of the Guava Festival in Allahabad.
Other Fruit Food Festivals
Similar to Guava Festival, we have Mango Festival celebrated in Lucknow. These food festivals dedicated to a special fruit are not just a treat to the foodies but also a great step in uplifting the cultural diaspora of the regional areas.
We hope to meet you at the next guava festival!