Scientific name: Malpighia emarginata
Other names: Acerola cherry, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle
Evergreen shrub originally from Yucatan, Mexico.
The cherry-sized drupes are juicy and a rich source of vitamin C. It can be eaten ripe, prepared as a juice, or preserved in the form of jam, jelly or syrup. Taste is quite sharp, so many people add sugar or honey.
Acerola fruit is rich in vitamin C and is a good source of nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 1644 mg (1826.67%)
Copper, Cu 0.084 mg (9.33%)
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) 0.303 mg (6.06%)
Carbohydrate 7.54 g (5.80%)
Vitamin A 37 µg (5.29%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.059 mg (4.54%)
Antioxidant benefits, prevents liver damage, treats diarrhoea and dysentery, acts as a cold and cough remedy. Also used to prevent diabetes and obesity.
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NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate sources. Those provided here are indicative only and may be incomplete.