There are many ways to get Vitamin C into your daily diet. Some of these sources may include Oranges, Kiwis, Strawberries or a daily supplement. While there are hundreds of plants that contain a fair amount of Vitamin C, the Acerola Cherry (Malpighia emarginata*), believed to originate in the Yucatan is one of the most powerful health fruits around – and it tastes great, too. In addition to the Vitamin C, the Acerola Cherry also offers a fine serving of vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin.
No more will the children whine and complain about taking their cherry flavored cough syrup. In fact, there are many medicinal & healthy uses for this fruit. Here are some of them:
- Treat/Prevent Scurvy (Caused by Vitamin C Deficiency)
- Preventing Heart Disease (Atherosclerosis)
- Preventing Blood Clots
- Preventing Cancer
- Treat/Prevent Bronchitis
- Treat the Common Cold
- Treat Pressure Sores
- Treat Bleeding in the Eye (Retinal Hemorrhages)
- Treat/Prevent Tooth Decay
- Treat/Prevent Gum Infections
- Treat/Prevent Depression & Stress
- Treat/Prevent Hay Fever
- Treat Collagen Disorders
- Improving Physical Endurance
- Skin Care
- And many more…
On top of all the medicinal & health benefits of the Acerola Cherry, there are many flavorful ways to eat it and share with your family and friends including juice, ice cream flavoring, salad topping or just a raw snack. By purchasing or growing your own Acerola Tree from seed, you can reap all the rewards from flavor to health. The Acerola fruit tends to lose flavor if it has been off the tree for too long, so it’s best to pick, wash and eat. These Cherries are typically not grown for conventional purposes due to this fact & can only be purchased commercially as an extract or powder.
We have decided to try growing an Acerola Tree for our garden. Since we are now into fall, we have decided to start it from seed indoors and tend it throughout the winter and spring in a container. Our plant hardiness zone borders on 5 and 6p, so this isn’t a prime climate for the Acerola Tree year round. If our seeds do well (and these are tough buggers to grow from seed) our front porch will have a new decoration next summer.
* Malpighia emarginata: A tropical fruit-bearing shrub or small tree in the family Malpighiaceae. Common names include Acerola, Barbados Cherry, West Indian Cherry, Cereza, Cerisier, Semeruco and Wild Crapemyrtle.