Acerola (Malpighia glabra L.), also known as Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry, Puerto Rican cherry and Cereza, is native to tropical and subtropical America and the West Indies. Acerola cherries grow on small trees or bushy shrubs and are bright red or yellow-orange, cherry-sized fruits containing small seeds. The fruit pulp has a sweet aroma and taste but is acidic.
Known for being a rich source of vitamin C, acerola contains significantly more vitamin C than oranges, as well as containing bioflavonoids like kaempferol, quercetin and rutin, which are required for the absorption of vitamin C in the body. Acerola fruit is low in fat, a good source of iron and a moderate source of magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and some B vitamins. It is also a very good source of the carotenoids lutein and beta-carotene, a good source of anthocyanins and contains catechins.
Available as Freeze Dried and Conventional.
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