Acerola Purée

Acerola berries

Acerola (Malpighia ermarginata) is also known as the Barbados Cherry, West Indian Cherry, Cereza, Cerisier, Semeruco, aceroleira, and ceja-das-antilhas.

Origin
Acerola originated from Yucatan and currently there are extensive plantations in South America, India and Brazil.
Acerola shrubs grow in the wild and are cultivated mainly in the northeast region of Brazil. The flesh of acerola is of a reddish-yellow color.

Once picked, acerola is highly perishable and has to be eaten or processed within 3-5 days. This fruit can be harvested throughout the year in Brazil.

Taste
The taste of acerola cherry is very pleasant and sweet when ripe.
It has a tart, citrus-like flavor. You can substitute acerola cherry for any citrus fruit (orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, etc.) or pineapple in a juice blend or a smoothie recipe. It blends well with other sweet fruit like banana, pear, apple or coconut. The citrus-like flavor of acerola is accented nicely with cacao or even vanilla.

Nutrients
Acerola puree has numerous health benefiting components such as vitamins, and pigment anti-oxidants that contribute immensely towards optimum health and wellness.
It contains natural Vitamin C, niacin, a large number of pro-vitamin A, vitamins B1 and B2, iron, phosporous and calcium. The vitamin C in this cherry exceeds 30 – 100 times the vitamin C in oranges.

Uses
The pulp can be used in smoothies, jellies, jams and beverages.

Harvest
The harvest season for this fruit is between May and November.

What’s so good about it?
When acerola is frozen it will retain its vitamin C content. Acerola is a great source of crude fiber, ash, ascorbic acid and minerals such as iron, manganese, phosporous and copper.

Linkus is pleased to offer natural and organic frozen acerola purée and freeze dried acerola powder to manufacturers and co-packers. We are able to supply acerola puree in 100g bags, 1 kg bags and 180-200 kg drums.

For more information, pricing, technical data sheets and samples, please contact us.