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Grow Acerola / Barbados Cherry.

Grow Acerola / Barbados Cherry.

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Written by Deepali Kharat

Barbados cherry (Malpighia emarginate) a.k.a. Acerola is a fast-growing, evergreen bush/small tree and is native to South America. Barbados cherries are one of the highest Vitamin C sources (100gm of fruit contains about 1600mg of Vitamin C) and also are rich in antioxidants.

Cherries have three seeds and are juicy, sweet, with a hint of tanginess and taste is compare with fruit punch. It's adviced to harvest cherries when they are almost purple for maximum flavor. Fruits are eaten fresh and also used to make pulps, preserves and Vitamin C concentrate. 

Here in Arizona, they can handle full sun, young plants require cold protection below low-30s. They usually fruit at the second year of age, over warm months. They are self-pollinating and can be maintained at desired size. More and more people are now growing Barbados cherry plants as an "edible hedge" due to its hardiness towards the elements. They are also great for container-growing.

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