Acerola is a fast-growing, bushy shrub found throughout most sub-tropical regions around the world. The plant has small, pink and white flowers that turn into bright red fruits when ripe. They’re often referred to as acerola cherry and are enjoyed for their pleasant and tart taste. Acerola powder is milled from the fruits of Malpighia sp. and is a wonderful, nutritious addition to smoothies, syrups, and extracts. Acerola berry powder can even be utilized in various skin care products.
Although acerola is now found growing in most sub-tropical regions of the world, linguistic evidence seems to point to the Yucatan as a point of origin for this fruit. Cultivated in southern Texas, Florida, the Caribbean, and southeast Asia, the largest plantings are in Brazil. Acerola is a fast-growing bushy shrub or small tree with small pink and white flowers. The fruits are round and ovoid with three lobes, and are said to have a pleasant, tart taste. They are bright red when ripe and come to maturity approximately 25 days after the first buds appear.
The fruit itself is eaten when ripe, and it is sometimes made into a jelly, jam or syrup. The fruit, when picked, must be processed quickly before it starts to ferment and mold. The berries are often spray dried or freeze dried because of this. Our acerola berry powder is freeze dried.
A study published in 2002 reported that the fruit of the acerola can cause an allergic reaction in people who are also allergic to latex. There are also several reports that the leaves may be irritating to some people, but this should not affect consumption of the powdered form.
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