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Acerola (In Production)
Acerola (In Production)

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It is known for being extremely rich in Vitamin C, containing 1,000 to 4,500 milligrams per 100-gram portion, although it also contains vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3 as well as carotenoids and bioflavonoids which provide important nutritive value and have antioxidant uses. The vitamin C produced by the fruit is better absorbed by humans than synthetic ascorbic acid. Also known as Barbados cherry. Historically in folk medicine; it has been used to treat liver ailments, diarrhea, dysentery, coughs, colds and sore throat. It has been used as a supplement for both adults and infants. The fruit is usually eaten fresh from the tree or used in jams and jellies, syrups and juices. The fruit has also been used for baby food, as a supplement source for Vitamin C. 

Habit & Cultivation: Prefers full sun for full fruit development, shaded trees fruit at reduced densities. It is a relatively fast growing bushy shrub or small tree (to 15 feet). Can be pruned to any desired shape, but grows best as a managed shrub. Needs protection during winter in harsher climates. Will not grow below -10C. It will not take cold winds.  Grows in a variety of soils as long as it drains well; waterlogging of roots will cause plant death. The tree is deciduous. Fruits develop to maturity in less than 25 days. 

Botanical Name :  Malpighia Glabra 

Historical Use :  Culinary, Edible 

More Information : https://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/barbados_cherry.html