ACEROLA BERRY [BARBADOS CHERRY] TREES FOR SALE HERE ONLINE AUSTRALIA

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ACEROLA BERRY [BARBADOS CHERRY] TREES FOR SALE HERE ONLINE AUSTRALIA

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The acerola cherry (Malpighia glabra) or Acerolla, also known as the Barbados Cherry or Puerto Rican Cherry or West Indian Cherry.

What is offered here for sale are the live plants, Please inquire as to the extra charge for pack/post to your area prior to payment> HERE

Barbados cherry, (Malpighia emarginata), also called West Indian cherry or acerola, tropical and subtropical shrub or small tree (family Malpighiaceae), cultivated as an ornamental plant and for its tart edible fruits. The fruits are very rich in vitamin C and are used in preserves and commercial vitamin production. The plant is native to the West Indies and southern Texas southward to northern South America.

Description

The acerola cherry (Malpighia glabra) or Acerolla, also known as the Barbados Cherry or Puerto Rican Cherry or West Indian Cherry.

What is offered here for sale are the live plants, Please inquire as to the extra charge for pack/post to your area prior to payment> HERE

Barbados cherry, (Malpighia emarginata), also called West Indian cherry or acerola, tropical and subtropical shrub or small tree (family Malpighiaceae), cultivated as an ornamental plant and for its tart edible fruits. The fruits are very rich in vitamin C and are used in preserves and commercial vitamin production. The plant is native to the West Indies and southern Texas southward to northern South America.

Trees of the Acerola berry that are larger than the ones offered here are also available at higher prices.

The Barbados cherry plant is an evergreen and grows about 3.6 metres (12 feet) tall. The flowers, which appear throughout the summer, are pink or rosy, 2 cm (nearly one inch) in diameter, and grow from the leaf axils in clusters of three to five. The red fruit is a drupe the size of a cherry.

Another species commonly called Barbados cherry is the wild Malpighia glabra, which has been the subject of some taxonomic confusion with the cultivated species.

After three years, trees produce significant numbers of bright red drupes 1–3 cm (0.39–1.18 in) in diameter with a mass of 3–5 g (0.11–0.18 oz).

Drupes are in pairs or groups of three, and each contains three triangular seeds. The drupes are juicy and very high in vitamin C (3-46 g/kg) and other nutrients.

They are divided into three obscure lobes and are usually acidic to subacidic, giving them a sour taste, but may be sweet if grown well

While the nutrient composition depends on the strain and environmental conditions, the most common components of acerola and their concentration ranges, per 1000 g, are: proteins (2.1-8.0 g), lipids (2.3-8.0 g), carbohydrates (35.7-78 g), calcium (117 mg), phosphorus (171 mg), iron (2.4 mg), pyridoxine (87 mg), riboflavin (0.7 mg), thiamine (0.2 mg), water (906-920 g), and dietary fibre (30 g)

As food

The fruit is edible and widely consumed in the species’ native area, and is cultivated elsewhere for its high vitamin C content.

About 1677 mg of vitamin C are in 100 g of fruit. .

The fruit can be used to make juices and pulps, vitamin C concentrate, and baby food among other things.

A comparative analysis of antioxidant potency among a variety of frozen juice pulps was carried out, including the acerola fruit.

Among the 11 fruit pulps tested, acerola was the highest-scoring fruit, meaning it had the most antioxidant potency, with a Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity score of 53.2 mg

Acerola is a popular bonsai subject because of its small leaf and fruit, and fine ramification. It is also grown as an ornamental and for hedges

 

 

Acerola cherries also have antifungal and antibacterial properties.It is one of three ingredients in a proprietary herbal medicine for allergic rhinitis

Malpighia emarginata is a host plant for the caterpillars of the white-patched skipper (Chiomara asychis) Florida duskywing (Ephyriades brunneus)and brown-banded skipper (Timochares ruptifasciatus)

Larvae of the acerola weevil (Anthonomus macromalus) feed on the fruits, while adults consume young leaves

Pollination by wild insects is known to increase the fruit yield

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