- 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 more than 1200% of the daily value for Vitamin C, making acerola cherries a fantastic addition to your daily superfood regimen...
Acerola 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. 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.
Fresh raw organic acerola can contain up to 4.5% vitamin C, compared to 0.05% in an 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-
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 health benefits and 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, Folate DFE, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin A RAE, Retinol, Vitamin A IU
Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Selenium
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.
Miscellaneous Facts about our unripe, organic, wildcrafted, raw, freeze-dried Acerola Cherry Powder
Certifications: Certified USDA Organic.
Ingredients: Raw Unripe Green Acerola Cherry Fruit and 1% silicon dioxide.*
Parts Used: Whole Acerola, no seed.
Botanical Name: Malpighia Emarginata.
Other Names: Barbados Cherry, Antilles Cherry, West Indian Cherry, Wild Crape Myrtle, Puerto Rican Cherry.
*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.
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