It is a plant that grows wild in Central and South America, especially in Brazil and Puerto Rico. The acerola one is one of the richest fruits of vitamin C; it also contains vitamin B6, B1 and A, flavonoids and minerals (iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium).
The fruit of this plant, commonly known as “West Indian cherry” or “Barbados cherry”, has a diameter of 1-2 cm and, although resembling a lot of European cherry, inside it has some segments, such as mandarin. The acerola is juicy and soft. Without the addition of sugar, the taste is sour because of the high vitamin C content.
High content of Vitamin C, in fact, while oranges provide from 500 to 4,000 ppm of vitamin C, acerola in nature reaches from 16,000 to 172,000 ppm.
Rustic plant, it grows luxuriant in tropical and sub-tropical climates, but can also withstand temperatures close to 0 ° C. It is grown on both sandy and clayey soils, and well drained. Proper fertilization helps the growth of the plant. Cultivation in areas with little rainfall is only possible if irrigation is carried out.
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