Our Unripe Wildcrafted Organic Freeze Dried Green Acerola Cherry Powder is the most potent form of acerola available. We use a freeze drying process that is optimal for preserving its nutrients. A single teaspoon of our organic unripe acerola cherry powder contains 1800% of the daily value for Vitamin C, making acerola cherries a fantastic addition to your daily superfood regimen.
Acerola, also known as the Antilles, Barbados, Puerto Rican, or West Indian cherry tree is best eaten when it is green, as the vitamin content is highest before it fully ripens. Traditionally acerola is picked manually during the coolest part of the day and has a 3 to 5 day grace period before beginning to go rancid. For this reason the freeze drying process is most commonly used to preserve the fruit’s nutrient content. Generally there are 3-5 harvests per year and the acerola tree usually take 3-5 years to bear fruit from the day the seed is planted. It will be highly productive for 15 to 20 years. The major part of the fruit’s vitamin constituents are lost as it ripens, for this reason, the acerola fruits are harvested while they are unripe and green. The acerola fruit is about 1-3 cm and weighs an average of 4-6 grams. On average it takes about 25 days for the fruit to reach full ripeness. Acerola can be found growing wild and under cultivation on the sandy soils throughout northeastern Brazil. It is native to northern South America, Central America, and Jamaica.
Wildcrafted, organic, raw, unripe acerola cherries are a nourishing source of powerful antioxidants, carotenoids and flavonoids. They are a healthy source of protein and mineral salts especially iron, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. It may also have antifungal activity. Raw green acerola contains vitamin A, which may support healthy vision. In addition, the potassium found in this superfood may help support healthy blood pressure levels, heart function and a positive mood. The folate found in our unripe raw acerola powder may support healthy cellular function, as well.
The green raw acerola cherry is well known for its exceptional vitamin C content. The content of one cherry is 120 times higher than what is found in an orange, making it equal to the minimum daily requirement. On average oranges provide 500 to 4,000 parts per million (ppm) of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, whereas acerola has been found in tests to provide ascorbic acid in a range of 16,000 to 172,000 ppm. Organic acerola can contain up to 4.5% vitamin C, compared to 0.05% in a peeled orange. The vitamin C content of raw acerola varies depending on ripeness, season, climate, and locality. Vitamin C has been shown to possibly support a healthy immune system response and supports the regeneration of healthy tissue. Acerola cherries may also support the development of healthy cells thereby supporting a healthy aging process. In addition to its nourishing levels of the nutrients mentioned above it also contains 150 other powerful constituents such as 3-methyl-3-buten-1-ol, dehydroascorbic acid, calcium, dextrose, diketogulonic acid, fructose, furfural, hexadecanoic acid, iron, limonene, l-malic acid, phosphorus, protein.
As the subject of much clinical research, acerola is traditionally consumed as a food, rather than used as an herbal remedy. In one in vitro study, the leaves, bark, and fruit of acerola were reported to prevent the overgrowth of fungus. Newer findings support the fact that acerola may have the ability to potentiate the nourishing benefits and actions of other foods due to its extensive amount of constituents. In recent research focused on skin health acerolas content of natural mineral salts that have shown to support the remineralization of tired and stressed skin, and its mucilage and proteins may in fact have skin-hydrating properties and support capillary conditioning.
Some possible traditional uses of our Wildcrafted Organic Raw Freeze Dried Green Unripe Acerola Cherry Powder may include:
● May support a healthy immune response
● May help support tissue regeneration
● May support a healthy stress response
● May help the body protect against cellular mutations
● Possibly increases the absorption of iron
● May support healthy lipid levels
● May support healthy blood pressure
● May support new collagen growth
● May support the healing of blood clots, bruises, wounds & burns
Constituents in Raw Unripe Acerola Cherries include:
● Anthocyanins: Pelargonidin, Cyanidin
● Flavones: Apigenin, Luteolin
● Flavonols: Kaempferol, Myricetin, Quercetin
● Lipids: EPA, DPA, DHA
● Vitamins: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B-6, Folate, Folic Acid, Folate DFE, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin A RAE, Retinol, Vitamin A IU
● Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Selenium
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Taste, smell, texture, and color may vary from batch to batch. Due to its nature, this powder tends to clump. If clumping occurs, lay the bag on a flat surface and place a towel over the bag. Then pound on the bag until the clumps break up. The towel will help protect the bag from damage. To further reduce clumping push as much air out as possible before sealing the pouch and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Suggested Use: Mix 1 teaspoon with juice, yogurt, or add to your favorite smoothie.
Mixing suggestion: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with our organic camu and rose hip powders for a high test vitamin c.
Botanical Name: Malpighia Emarginata.
Other Names: Barbados Cherry, Antilles Cherry, West Indian Cherry, Wild Crape Myrtle, Puerto Rican Cherry.
Parts Used: Whole Acerola, no seed.
Ingredients: Raw Unripe Green Acerola Cherry Fruit and 1% silicon dioxide.*
*This product contains a small amount of silicon dioxide, which acts as a drying agent and is necessary to keep this powder from clumping into hard chunks or one solid brick.
Origin: Wildcrafted and Freeze Dried in Brazil. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
Certifications: USDA Certified Organic.
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Unripe, Raw, Freeze-Dried Acerola Cherry powder is Wildcrafted and USDA Certified Organic and passes our strict quality assurance which includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Wild Organic Raw Unripe Freeze Dried Acerola Cherry Powder packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Unripe Organic Wildcrafted Raw Freeze Dried Acerola Cherry Powder in a cool, dark, dry place.