Barbados Cherry (Acerola cherry)

Barbados Cherry (Acerola cherry)

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Common names also include acerola cherry, and West Indian cherry. The fruit is celebrated for its extremely high vitamin C values, up to 47 times that of the orange. Chefs have used the fruits in sauces and reductions. Juice is produced throughout the Caribbean from the small red fruit from a large shrub like tree that grows to about 20 feet (6 m).  

Acerola is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub or small tree (Malpighia emarginata). The Barbados cherry is native to the Lesser Antilles from St. Croix to Trinidad, also Curacao and Margarita and neighboring northern South America as far south as Brazil. It has become naturalized in the Virgin Islands and is commonly grown in dooryards. 
The shrubs can be pruned like citrus to help facilitate harvest.