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Acerola is the best source of natural vitamin C. Acerola vitamin C level is 30 times greater than in reputed fruits like oranges. This superfruit has other nutritional properties: vitamin A levels, vitamin B group & minerals (iron, calcium, phosphorous, potassium & magnesium). Other powerful natural antioxidants are on the list of acerola active components. Combined with vitamin C, these nutrients support the acerola benefits and its interest for the nutraceutical products formulation. Acerola extract is notably an ideal ingredient to meet the growing demand of increasing numbers of consumers for naturalness.
Acerola is a fruit from a shrub and is native to tropical areas in South America & the Caribbean. The species considered from a botanical point of view is acerola 'Malpighia glabra'. This evergreen shrub grows multiple small flowers. In its place grow small 1 to 2 centimetres in diameter ovoid fruits. Acerola strongly resembles cherries, giving it the nick name "Barbadoscherry", "Antilles cherry” or "country-cherry”. This small fruit with a tangy taste is harvested green or when ripe (it becomes red). This harvest choice depends on the period when it concentrates the maximum of vitamin C.
For the best varieties, vitamin C content represents more than 2.5% of the weight of the fruit compared to a peeled orange which contains just 0.05%.
Brazil, State of Ceara
February to July (optimum)