|Close-up of the blossom and unripe fruit|
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||134 kJ (32 kcal)|
|Dietary fiber||1.1 g|
|Vitamin A equiv.|
|Pantothenic acid (B5)|
|†Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults. |
Source: USDA FoodData Central
Common names include acerola cherry, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry, and wild crepe myrtle. Acerola is native to South America, southern Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Brazil, and Central America, but is now also being grown as far north as Texas and in subtropical areas of Asia, such as India.
It is known for being extremely rich in vitamin C, almost as much as camu camu, although M. emarginata also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3, as well as carotenoids and bioflavonoids, which provide important nutritive value and have antioxidant uses.
From Spanish acerola. Doublet of azarole.
- IPA(key): /æ.səˈɹəʊ.lə/
acerola (plural acerolas)
- A tree of the West Indies and northern South America, Malpighia glabra.
- The fruit of this tree, which is high in vitamin C.
acerola f (plural acerolas)