Monthly Archives: January 2017

Shoot Froot – Acerola


Acerola (Malpighia glabra) or Acerolla

Name:                   Acerola

Scientific name:  Malpighia emarginata

Other names:      Acerola cherry, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle



Evergreen shrub origially 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.


Nutritional Benefits:

Acerola fruit are rich in vitamin C and are 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%)


Health benefits:

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 Those provided here are indicative only and may be out of date.