Food
2:57 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Discovering Guava Cake Specialities In The Everglades

Joanie Griffin, owner of the historic Tamiami Trail restaurant, Joanie's Blue Crab, is all smiles with her daughter Terri Rementeria. The pair took first place in a recent guava coconut cake contest in Everglades City.
Joanie Griffin, owner of the historic Tamiami Trail restaurant, Joanie's Blue Crab, is all smiles with her daughter Terri Rementeria. The pair took first place in a recent guava coconut cake contest in Everglades City.

Just like Key Lime pie is an iconic dessert from the Florida Keys, some locals claim the guava cake, or some form of it, is a mainstay Everglades favorite.

The name "guava" is derived from the Greek word meaning "edible fruit."

But despite its gastronomical attributes, many people would be surprised to learn that the common guava is officially listed as an invasive species.

Reporter Patricia Sagastume traveled to edge of the Everglades to see how one town is not likely to condemn this tasty fruit.