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Guavaberry Liqueur is a Christmas treat

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Guavaberries, which are distinctly different from guava , grow throughout the Caribbean.

Recipe from Miss Meada, a native of St. John, USVI


  • harvest the berries from Guavberry Farms and the Bordeaux Mountains on St. John
  • make it with love by local hands
  • fermente this for at least four to five weeks
  • utilizes primarily black guavaberries
  • add a few yellowy orange ones for good measure
  • vodka, and 190 proof pure grain alcohol,
  • which can be dilluted with St. Croix's Cruzan Gold rum
  • Add Raw sugar or honey, cardamon, cinnamon, mace, whole nutmeg and local bay rum leaf.

Around Christmas you'll find village vendor stalls stocked with old rum bottles that have been recycled to hold a private stash of guavaberry liqueur. Much of it,with varying degrees of potency, is made in private homes, and exchanged among neighbors and friends. Old time island residents often compare recipes and compete for the best batch. A discussion about its production can incite passion.

St.Maarten you can sample this liqueur at the Guavaberry Emporium on Front Street in Philipsburg, where it is produced. The shop, nestled among designer boutiques in this busy duty free port of call, inhabits a Creole townhouse, built on the site of an ancient synagogue. The original Guavaberry bottle bears a bright yellow label with a line drawing of the guavaberry man. It is marked Wild Saint Maarten Island folk liqueur.


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Tropical Trees That Really Do Fruit Indoors Profiles of fruit-bearing tropical trees that can be grown indoors, including the Natal plum, Surinam cherry, Barbados cherry, rumberry (or guavaberry), Barbados gooseberry, and dwarf pomegranate. From the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Florida Tropical Fruits
Brief illustrated descriptions of tropical fruits grown in Florida, such as the carambola, dragon fruit, guava, jackfruit, lychee, mango, papaya, and sapote. Includes links to related material on some of the fruit varieties, such as where the fruits are grown and when they are in season. From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Service, Division of Marketing and Development.